Despite the recent contention between the Trump administration and the media, both sides appear to have a shared desire: to air President Trump’s trial publicly. Trump’s attorneys have asked for a “public defense” of the president, and media organizations have requested access to the trial. This raises an interesting question: can a criminal trial like this take place in the United States? As it turns out, the answer is no. U.S. criminal trials are conducted in accordance with the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution, which states that “in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.” This amendment is often invoked in the courtroom, but it does not mean that a criminal trial must be televised or aired publicly. In fact, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has made it clear that criminal trials should not be televised. The DOJ has said that televising trials would be both “inappropriate” and “contrary to the principles of open government and judicial fairness.” This is because televised trials can unfairly influence jurors as well as defendants’ ability to receive a fair trial. Furthermore, the DOJ has stated that it will take appropriate legal action to ensure that any trial involving the president is handled in an appropriate manner. This means that the trial should be conducted in a fair and lawful manner and that the public will be provided with a sufficient opportunity to view the proceedings. The debate over whether or not a criminal trial should be televised has been going on for decades. As it stands, however, the Justice Department does not want a televised trial in D.C., and both the president and the media must abide by this decision. No matter the outcome of the current debate, the Justice Department has made it clear that televised criminal trials are not acceptable in the United States.