"During the current Presidential campaign, Mr. Trump has been the focus of perhaps unprecedented media coverage and public interest. His politics, policies, opinions, and views have been reported virtually every day in every form of media over the past year," the court filing said, noting the debates and the media reports on "on every aspect of Mr. Trump’s life."
"Before trial begins in this case, prospective members of the jury will have the opportunity to cast their vote for President. It is in the ballot box where they are free to judge Mr. Trump based on all this and more," the motion continued. "But it is in the jury box where they must judge him and this case only on evidence and argument relevant to the issues at hand. "
It is common for lawyers to wrangle before trial over what evidence is admissible. The broad swath of topics Trump's attorneys have sought to exclude in this case reflects how his presidential run has complicated the litigation surrounding his business ventures.
The motion noted that in the case's pretrial stages the judge said he was sensitive to the fact that "some events that have coincided with the election campaign process" could influence the jury.
The Trump motion goes on to argue, "Evidence and argument relating to matters publicized during the presidential campaign, including statements by and about Mr. Trump, have no relevance to the issues before the jury and are otherwise inadmissible. "
Read the full motion below: