The very definition of a control freak.
Courtesy of Politico:
Long before Omarosa Manigault Newman lodged explosive claims against her former boss, President Donald Trump’s White House foresaw the potential problems with ex-staffers’ tell-all books.
Embedded in the White House’s two-page non-disclosure agreement was a seemingly innocuous clause that prohibited top aides from disclosing confidential information in any form including books, without the express permission of the president, according to a former administration official and an official familiar with the document.
And if aides violated those terms, the non-disclosure agreement stipulated they would have to forfeit to the U.S. government any royalties, advances or book earnings. It’s not unusual for former administration officials to negotiate with the White House over the anecdotes and insider details of their books. But the terms of the White House’s NDA — and even the decision to compel government officials sign an NDA at all — are unprecedented.
NDAs are not typically used for federal government workers including White House officials because presumably they are supposed to serve the public and the institution of the president, not any one particular person.
The White House required all of its political appointees to sign this broad-ranging agreement as a condition of employment, a move mostly championed by the president who has leaned on these agreements dating back to his days running the Trump Organization, according to interviews with eight current and former administration officials and people close to the White House.
But Manigault Newman says she refused to sign it.
Okay, well clearly Trump thinks she signed one of these NDAs because now he wants to sue her.
Just in from a Trump campaign official: “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.”
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) August 14, 2018
I actually don’t think that Trump wants to pursue litigation on this.
I mean clearly Omarosa has more tapes that she is planning to release, and if he tries to take her to court it is a guarantee that all of those will be played on cable news.
Not only that but through discovery Omarosa’s attorneys will certainly get access to the list of other people who have also signed NDAs, and what exactly they demanded.
It is also quite likely that Omarosa’s attorneys will want to depose Donald Trump and will likely try to get their hands on those Apprentice tapes, to confirm that their client is telling the truth.
Yeah, a lawsuit would be a terrible idea, but I certainly hope they go for it.