The Trump campaign on Tuesday filed an arbitration action against former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman over her dissemination of secret recordings she made in the White House, according to the Washington Examiner.
The campaign claims that the former star of The Apprentice violated a 2016 nondisclosure agreement she signed when she joined the campaign. The agreement required her to refrain from “disparaging” the Trump family “during the term of your service and at all times thereafter,” and the campaign is arguing that it applies to the content of official conversations such as those she taped in the White House Situation Room.
“Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. has filed an arbitration against Omarosa Manigault-Newman, with the American Arbitration Association in New York City, for breach of her 2016 confidentiality agreement with the Trump Campaign,” a campaign official told the Examiner. “President Trump is well known for giving people opportunities to advance in their careers and lives over the decades, but wrong is wrong, and a direct violation of an agreement must be addressed and the violator must be held accountable.”
Manigault-Newman’s new book, Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House, includes hotly disputed claims that Trump is unfit for office, that he used the word “ni**er” during a taping of The Apprentice, and that he wanted to be sworn in on a copy of his book The Art of the Deal rather than the Bible. In the run up to the book’s publication, she has released recordings to the media of several private conversations, including one of her being fired by White House chief of staff John Kelly and a phone conversation between her and Trump discussing her termination.
All Trump White House officials were asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement, according to aides, and the Trump organization frequently used such agreements as well.
The president lashed out at Manigault-Newman on Twitter Tuesday, calling her a “dog” and a “crazed, crying lowlife.”
She has 14 days to respond to the campaign’s arbitration filing.
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