One of Donald Trump’s defining tendencies is threatning people with lawsuits. From hushing alleged mistresses to jilting contractors, he and his mafioso business allies have used the specter of court action to deter people from telling the truth.
This sleazy strategy may not work for much longer. Trump’s campaign has filed arbitration against former White House aid Omarosa Manigault Newman, whose new book Unhinged features a variety of unflattering revelations about her former boss.
The administration requires staffers to sign non-disclosure agreements, which it is now using in an effort to keep Manigault Newman quiet. Unfortunately for Trump and his legal henchmen, an NDA may not cut it this time.
Trump “is used to a world where he can threaten financial ruin on people with these NDAs,” explains federal employee rights legal specialist Bradley Moss. But since Manigault Newman was a federal employee—and hence not a private employee—during the events described in her book, the agreement she signed will not be enforceable “as a matter of law.”
Unable to cow his staffers, Trump may be in for a rude awakening.