Donald Trump more than met his match. His White House was much like a zoo. People were in and out of his office all of the time. Many of the creatures there were one-of-a-kind characters whose fangs were barely concealed. The televisions were on constantly, and that was how he liked it, in total chaos. Into this menagerie, he brought in a striking woman known by a mononymous (single) name. Omarosa.
But alas, he gave her the old heave-ho, cowardly handing off the dirty job to someone, anyone else, “You’re fired!” Omarosa Manigault Newman came over from the ex-president’s old reality show and into his then-current one. After she was fired, Omarosa published a tell-all book, Unhinged published by Simon & Schuster. It gave readers insight into what happened behind the closed White House doors.
Just two days before her book came out, she released one of as many as 200 secret tapes she recorded during her brief tenure there. She said, according to the Jacksonville local television station News4JAX:
‘There’s power in the words that come from the president, you know. They can inspire. We can see they can incite. There is only one person to blame for this, and it’s the rhetoric of Donald Trump. At his rally just a week ago, he encouraged his followers to do exactly what we saw unfold today. And so we have to really call a spade a spade.’
‘Donald Trump is the reason that this unfolded. But more importantly, when he had an opportunity to kind of calm the waters and just send out a statement to have his followers pull back, he did not. And that’s where I think we’re most concerned. What are we going to see in the next 16 days coming from Donald Trump and the White House?’
Her job was Assistant to the President and Communications Director for the Office of Public Liaison. Chief of Staff, John Kelly fired her for “money and integrity issues [and] inappropriate use of company vehicles.”
Of course, Trump sued her just before the book was released. Trump’s campaign filed with the American Arbitration Association in New York. The suit claimed that she had violated the nondisclosure agreement that all of the ex’s staff had to sign, according to The New York Times:
‘It claimed that she violated a nondisclosure agreement she had signed during the 2016 campaign stipulating that she would not reveal private or confidential information about his family, business or personal life.’
The book described Trump as “out of control, in a state of mental decline, a racist with misogynistic behavior.” She also wrote about first daughter Ivanka Trump and the son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Omarosa released a statement that read:
‘Donald has used this type of vexatious litigation to intimidate, harass and bully for years. Finally the bully has met his match!’
Omarosa’s lawyer was John Phillips. The arbitrator was Andrew Brown. He wrote:
‘The statements do not disclose hard data such as internal polling results or donor financial information,” Mr. Brown wrote. “Rather, they are for the most part simply expressions of unflattering opinions, which are deemed ‘confidential information’ based solely upon the designation of Mr. Trump. This is exactly the kind of indefiniteness which New York courts do not allow to form the terms of a binding contract.’
At another point, Brown wrote that the agreement:
‘[E]ffectively imposes on Respondent 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. Such a burden is certainly unreasonable.’
The decision handed down on Monday allowed her to “collect legal fees from the Trump campaign.” Her attorney said the lawsuit had been ‘an abuse of power by a sitting president:”
‘It’s over. We’ve won in Donald Trump and the Trump campaign’s chosen forum.’
And naturally, Trump attacked her.
The arbitrator wrote that the nondisclosure agreement was “so vague that it was rendered meaningless.” Plus, her book “hardly included privileged information.”
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