A New York arbitrator said former President Donald Trump’s nondisclosure deal with former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman was “unenforceable” in a ruling on Monday.
Arbitrator T. Andrew Brown said in the ruling that the terms of Trump’s nondisclosure agreement were “very problematic” because it did not meet typical legal standards, describing it as “vague, undefined, and therefore void and inapplicable “.
“The Agreement effectively requires [Manigault Newman] an obligation never to say anything somewhat critical about Mr. Trump, his family, or his family’s businesses for the rest of his life, ”Brown said in the ruling.
Manigault Newman and his lawyer both released statements celebrating the decision on Tuesday.
“Clearly, I am very happy with this decision,” said Manigault Newman. “Donald has used this type of vexatious litigation to intimidate, harass and intimidate for years! Finally, the bully has met his equal!
John Phillips, his lawyer, said in a statement he hoped this would encourage more people to “come forward and speak out against a corrupt government.”
“It’s over. We won in the forum chosen by Donald Trump and the Trump Campaign,” he said.
The Trump campaign filed an arbitration complaint with the American Arbitration Association in New York against Manigault Newman in 2018, alleging that the former senior White House official violated a 2016 confidentiality agreement.
The action was linked to claims by Manigault Newman in his 2018 book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” in which she called the president a racist and suggested he was in severe mental decline.
Trump hosted the reality show “The Apprentice” and its spin-off, “The Celebrity Apprentice,” which both aired on NBC from 2004 to 2015 before running for president. “Celebrity Apprentice” was produced and owned by MGM.
Newman was on the show three times and over time became a close confidant of Trump before supporting him as president and following him to the White House. During her campaign, she was one of his most prominent black supporters. However, their relationship deteriorated during her tenure in administration, and she was reportedly forced to leave in 2017, although Manigault Newman insisted she leave on her own terms.
In her book, Manigault Newman wrote that she had not signed a nondisclosure agreement for her work at the White House. She claimed in the book that within 24 hours of leaving, Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, emailed her a contract to work on the president’s re-election campaign for $ 15,000 a month, in exchange for signing a nondisclosure agreement that was “as harsh and restrictive as anything I had seen in all my years on television.”
However, Brown said given the wave of drafting of the NDA, she would have no way of knowing if she breached the contract.
“The statements do not disclose hard data such as the results of internal polls or financial information from donors,” Brown wrote. Mr. Trump. This is exactly the kind of indefinite that New York courts do not allow to form the terms of a binding contract. “
Brown said Trump’s campaign should pay Manigault Newman’s legal fees.