The Trump Campaign & Omarosa Are Headed For A Legal Battle, So Buckle Up
Following the ex-presidential adviser and The Apprentice star's tell-all book and even more shocking TV interviews, Omarosa Manigault Newman was taken to arbitration by the Trump campaign for allegedly breaking her reported non-disclosure agreement (NDA) on Tuesday in New York.
According to The Washington Examiner, Manigault Newman reportedly signed an NDA in 2016 in which she promised to never "disparage" Trump "during the term of your service and at all times thereafter." The charges claim she did just that in her book Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House. Bustle has reached out to Manigault Newman for comment through her publisher.
Manigault Newman was also reportedly supposed to keep "proprietary information: about Trump, his companies, and his family "confidential" under the terms of the agreement, The Washington Examiner reported. By sharing private conversations that she recorded, the campaign reportedly argues she was also in violation. Arbitration will make it harder for Manigault Newman to fight the charges or do so openly as arbitration is usually kept private.
Over the weekend, The Washington Post reported that Manigault Newman's book alleges she did not sign an NDA in exchange for a high paying job on the 2020 Trump campaign. But the campaign reportedly argues that a 2016 NDA remains in effect, an NDA Manigault Newman acknowledged signing Monday on PBS NewsHour.
"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 Washington Examiner, adding:
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.
President Trump has also responded, in a tweet, about one of the most explosive allegations — that she heard him use the n-word on an old The Apprentice tape. He wrote that there are "NO TAPES" and that "she made it up." Bustle has reached out to the White House for comment on the recordings that Manigault Newman took of both Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly and the president himself and on her claims.
Trump attacked Manigault Newman early Tuesday using misogynistic language. "When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!" Trump tweeted.
The Washington Post reported Monday that many of Trump's White House aides and staff have signed NDAs, even though that's not been a common practice in past administrations. It is something that he used to use a lot in business, and has tried to carry with him to the White House — even though some legal experts argue they're not enforceable for public employees.
An NDA that The Post reviewed included the "disparage" language that The Washington Examiner pointed to in its reporting. Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told ABC's This Week on Sunday that she has signed one, along with many of her colleagues at the White House.
"We have confidentiality agreements in the West Wing, absolutely we do," Conway said on ABC. "And why wouldn’t we?"
Where Manigault Newman finds herself now, being taken to arbitration for her book, might be one example.