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James Boasberg James E. Boasberg during his confirmation hearing in 2010. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi / ALM)

A federal judge on Thursday ordered the Trump administration to disclose the exact loan amounts and identities of all businesses that received funds as part of the Paycheck Protection Program, rejecting the U.S. Justice Department’s arguments for keeping that information hidden or unspecified.

In a 40-page opinion, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg shattered the secrecy around the loan program, broadly striking down the Trump administration’s reasoning for concealing the names of businesses that received loans of less than $150,000.

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