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Trump Campaign Takes Omarosa to Arbitration Over Breach of Confidentiality

By Lisa M. Schaffer, Esq. | Last updated on

Omarosa Manigault Newman and Donald Trump are at it again, this time over breach of confidentiality stemming from non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) Omarosa purportedly signed during both the 2003 taping of The Apprentice and his 2016 Presidential Campaign. The Trump Administration filed for arbitration in New York City to silence Omarosa after she released her tell-all book, Unhinged, earlier this week.

Is a WWE Fight in the Works?

The amount of name-calling between Omarosa and Trump in recent days is reminiscent of pre-fight interviews for World Wrestling Enterprise. She claims he is a "racist, misogynist and bigot," known to use the n-word, and even claims that she has a tape recording of him using it. He claims she is a "crazed, crying lowlife" and "a dog." This sort of back and forth has been going on since December 2017, when Chief of Staff John Kelly fired Omarosa from her White House post for poor performance. And incidentally, she released a tape of that conversation too.

Trump Loves His NDAs

Trump has used and enforced NDAs quite often in his business and political dealings in order to protect his privacy and keep his team quiet. In 2013, he sued a Miss USA contestant for $5 million for publicly complaining that the beauty pageant was rigged. (Gasp! Again, reminiscent of WWE!) Through attorney Michael Cohen, Trump unsuccessfully sought to silence adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, using money and an unfortunately non-binding agreement. In 2018, Trump purportedly sought confidentiality agreements from many senior White House staffers. Evidently Trump sends these agreements out with the speed and care of a software license agreement.

Trump and Omarsosa have been working together contentiously for over 15 years. Time will tell if this is the end of the road for this pair.

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