Trump Lawyer: We’re Seeking $10M From Ex-Aide Over ‘Categorically False Claims’

AP

Donald Trump’s lawyer issued a statement Wednesday night accusing a fired campaign aide of “looking for free publicity” by trying to block arbitration proceedings Trump initiated against him over an alleged breach of a non-disclosure agreement he signed with the GOP presidential candidate.

In the statement, Trump counsel Alan Garten notes that Trump has an “outstanding” record of litigating these agreements “to the full extent of the law.”

On Wednesday, former campaign consultant Sam Nunberg submitted court filings to block private arbitration proceedings Trump initiated against him in May. At issue was Nunberg’s alleged leak of confidential information to the press, including details about what Nunberg called “an apparent affair between senior campaign staffers.”

Press filings submitted by Nunberg’s lawyer as exhibits to the New York Supreme Civil Court include a New York Post Page Six story about a public quarrel between now-fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and press secretary Hope Hicks, suggesting that they were the staffers allegedly engaged in an affair.

Garten called the allegations against Lewandowski and Hicks “categorically false.”

He is seeking $10 million in damages from Nunberg, who was dismissed by the campaign last summer over racist Facebook posts, on Trump’s behalf.

Read Garten’s full statement below.

As is standard practice for all major businesses, organizations and other entities dealing with proprietary information, Mr. Trump requires employees to sign and adhere to strict confidentiality agreements. When the agreements are not adhered to he will enforce them to the full extent of the law, and Mr. Trump’s litigation track record on such matters is outstanding. With regard to Mr. Nunberg, this agreement specifically calls for arbitration, and Mr. Nunberg is simply looking for free publicity using categorically false claims.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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