Trump Campaign Makes Legal Claim Against Omarosa Manigault Newman

August 14, 2018 10:08AM PT

WASHINGTON — The campaign of President Trump is taking legal action against Omarosa Manigault Newman, claiming that she violated a 2016 non-disclosure agreement with the release of her new book, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

The legal action is being filed with the American Arbitration Association, a campaign aide told the AP. The Daily Caller confirmed the report, and a campaign official told the site, “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.”

Manigault Newman is in the midst of a promotional tour for her book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.” She revealed that she recorded conversations that she had with members of the campaign as well as with officials in the White House, and news organizations have played tapes of Chief of Staff John Kelly and Trump himself.

A Trump campaign official did not immediately return a request for comment, nor did Manigault Newman.

There is doubt over the enforceability of a non-disclosure agreement when it comes to public officials in the White House, and the arbitration action could test just whether they are legally binding.

Manigault Newman claims that she heard an audio recording of Trump repeatedly using the “N-word,” and on Tuesday, CBS News ran a 2016 conversation she had with campaign officials discussing the potential fallout of the release of such a tape. Trump denies that he ever used that word, and two of the figures heard on the 2016 conversation, Katrina Pierson and Lynne Patton, refuted Manigault Newman’s claims.