Monday, August 20, 2018

TRUMP WHITE HOUSE - The Omarosa Scandal

"Omarosa: I never signed that ‘draconian’ White House nondisclosure agreement" PBS NewsHour 8/14/2018


SUMMARY:  Former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman refuted President Donald Trump’s claim Monday that she signed a nondisclosure agreement, saying she never agreed to keep quiet about her work as a senior administration official.

Trump tweeted Monday that Manigault Newman, who is promoting her new book “Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House,” which is highly critical of the president, signed a nondisclosure agreement though he didn’t specify when.

Manigault Newman said Monday she signed a nondisclosure agreement, known as an NDA during her time starring alongside Trump on the reality television show “The Apprentice” in 2003, and again when she worked for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.  But Manigault Newman, who was fired from the White House last year, said she did not agree to sign a nondisclosure agreement after Trump took office.

“I never signed that draconian NDA that they presented to me when I walked into the White House,” Newman told the PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff.

"Nondisclosure agreements are rare in government.  Here’s why" PBS NewsHour 8/14/2018

NDA:  In the case of the Trump White House, means 'keep the truth hidden from the American people or lawyers.'  This is not a national security issue.  It is a 'Trump scared sh**less issue.'


SUMMARY:  The Trump campaign is suing former staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman for allegedly violating a nondisclosure agreement she signed when she joined the campaign.  The Trump administration has also reportedly tried to get White House staff to sign similar agreements.  What is an NDA and how are they used in the federal government?  William Brangham gets analysis from attorney Mark Zaid.

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