Former President Trump has lost a bid to enforce Omarosa Manigault Newman’s nondisclosure agreement filed after the former White House aide and star on “The Apprentice” penned a book about her experience serving in his administration [The Hill].
In a summary judgment granted Monday in Manigault Newman’s favor, arbiter T. Andrew Brown rejected the Trump campaign’s claims, saying the NDA was “overbroad, indefinite, and unreasonable.” The Trump campaign filed the lawsuit in arbitration in August 2018. Its terms went “far beyond what would be reasonably expected to protect” the Trump campaign’s interests, stated T. Andrew Brown of the American Arbitration Association said in the judgment.
The arbiter said the agreement effectively imposed on Manigault Newman “an obligation to never say anything remotely critical of Mr. Trump, his family, or his or family members’ businesses, for the rest of her life.”
Manigault Newman insists her firing from the White House was because she knew too much about a possible audio recording of Trump uttering a racial epithet, which she claims was the subject of deep consternation among campaign — and later White House — aides. Manigault Newman provides no proof of the alleged recording.
Manigault Newman, in a statement following the arbitrator’s decision, said she is “very happy” with the ruling, and called Trump a ‘bully’. “Clearly, I am very happy with this ruling. Donald has used this type of vexatious litigation to intimidate, harass and bully for years! Finally the bully has met his match!” Manigault Newman said.
In a statement provided to CNN by President Trump’s spokesperson, President Trump did not weigh in on the merits of the decision, but criticized Manigault Newman personally. “Nobody in her life has done more for Omarosa than a man named Donald Trump,” he said. “Unfortunately, like certain others, she forgot all about that” [Trinity News].
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