President Trump forced senior White House staffers to sign nondisclosure agreements that extended past his presidency, according to The Washington Post.
The Post reports that staffers were required to sign the agreements during the early months of Trump’s presidency, similar to those signed during the campaign and transition.
“I remember the president saying, ‘Has everybody signed a confidentiality agreement like they did during the campaign or we had at Trump Tower?’” an anonymous source told The Post.
The source noted that the agreement was supposed to extend past Trump’s time in office, a move The Post described as “extraordinary.”
A draft of the agreement penalized staffers $10 million if they shared confidential information, to be paid to the federal government.
That information was defined as “all nonpublic information I learn of or gain access to in the course of my official duties in the service of the United States Government on White House staff,” including “communications . . . with members of the press” and “with employees of federal, state, and local governments.”
The Post noted that the $10 million penalty was likely lowered in the final version of the agreements.