Tuesday, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi reintroduced the No Disrupting Accountability (NDA) Act, to protect potential White House whistleblowers from retaliation by the non-disclosure agreement Trump routinely requires as a condition of employment. Although it is widely accepted in legal circles that non-disclosure agreements can not be used to prevent testimony in criminal courts, the rule would remove any concerns which might make witnesses hesitant to testify.
In a statement, Congressman Krishnamoorthi has this to say about the bill:
‘Congress has a duty to provide oversight over this administration, and protecting whistleblowers is a crucial part of that,” said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “This legislation clarifies that any non-disclosure agreements signed by White House employees do not cover actions protected by federal whistleblower law, and ensures that those in the Administration with knowledge of wrongdoing will not be afraid to speak the truth.’
According to sworn testimony from former Trump “fixer,” Michael Cohen, President Trump “intended to prevent people from coming forward with claims of wrongdoing.”
Trump’s own tweets confirm that he makes regular use of NDAs:
Wacky Omarosa already has a fully signed Non-Disclosure Agreement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018
A low level staffer that I hardly knew named Cliff Sims wrote yet another boring book based on made up stories and fiction. He pretended to be an insider when in fact he was nothing more than a gofer. He signed a non-disclosure agreement. He is a mess!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2019
According to his web bio:
‘Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi was elected in November 2016 to represent the 8th District of Illinois, which includes the west and northwest suburbs of Chicago. Raja serves on the Oversight Committee, for which he is also the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, as well as on the House Intelligence Committee. In addition to this committee work, Raja was selected as an Assistant Whip and serves on the Steering and Policy Committee.’
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