President Trump’s campaign organization on Tuesday filed for arbitration in New York against former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, claiming that she broke a 2016 nondisclosure contract with the campaign by disparaging the president in her new book and for revealing private conversations from the White House Situation Room.
In a statement to ABC News, a Trump campaign official said: “Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. has filed an arbitration against Manigault-Newman with the American Arbitration Association in New York City, for breach of her 2016 confidentiality agreement with the Trump Campaign. 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.”
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
In her book, Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House, the former reality TV star claims that Trump used the N-word during the filming of “The Apprentice.”
She has also revealed private conversations she had with Trump and others, including from the secret White House Situation Room, a potential violation of federal law.
The Washington Examiner adds:
While Manigault Newman has claimed that she did not sign a nondisclosure as part of her White House work or in exchange for a 2020 campaign job that did not materialize, her signing of the agreement during her 2016 campaign work remains in force because it is with the same campaign organization and never went out of force, said the campaign.
“The campaign is holding her accountable for the 2016 nondisclosure,” said a Trump ally.
An official said on background that Manigault Newman has made “egregious” violations of the agreement and as a result they are seeking millions of dollars in retaliation. As the case unfolds, they might also seek any “ill-gotten profits” she has received from the book, including her fee for writing it.
In an arbitration, which both sides agreed to in the nondisclosure agreement, each agree to an arbitrator, often a retired judge, who will hold a hearing and consider evidence. In the end the arbitrator will dismiss the case or issue a penalty. It has the full force of law. Typically the arbitration process moves faster than in a court.