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Arbitrator says Trump can't enforce NDA with Omarosa Manigault Newman

Arbitrator says Trump can't enforce NDA with Omarosa Manigault Newman
An arbitrator ruled in favor of Omarosa Manigault Newman concerning a non-disclosure agreement she signed with the Trump campaign.  File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 28 (UPI) -- An arbitrator has said former President Donald Trump can't enforce a non-disclosure agreement signed by former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman.

The decision by arbitrator T. Andrew Brown came three years after Trump accused Manigault Newman of violating a 2016 confidentiality agreement with the Trump campaign in her book Unhinged. A Trump campaign official said she improperly disclosed details about her work with the campaign and the White House.

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Brown said the language of the NDA was "vague, indefinite and therefore void and unenforceable."

"The agreement effectively imposes on [Manigault Newman] an obligation to never say anything remotely critical of Mr. Trump, his family, or his or his family members' businesses for the rest of her life," Brown wrote in his ruling dated Friday. "Such a burden is certainly unreasonable."

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Manigault Newman said she signed an NDA in 2016 while working for the Trump campaign, but refused to do so during her time working at the White House. She said she didn't believe her book violated the 2016 agreement.

"Clearly, I am very happy with this ruling," she said Friday. "Donald has used this type of vexatious litigation to intimidate, harass and bully for years! Finally the bully has met his match!"

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Her lawyer, John Phillips, said Trump attempted to abuse the Constitution with the "outrageously unenforceable" NDA.

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"Since Omarosa came forward, and was sued, we've said this agreement was illegal and offensive," he said.

"It's over. We've won in Donald Trump and the Trump campaign's chosen forum. They now owe attorney's fees. Whether the campaign tries to bankrupt out of this ruling or it energizes more people to come forward and blow the whistle on corrupt government, it's a win we can all be proud of."

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