Donald Trump has filed a $10 million lawsuit against a former campaign staffer he accuses of disclosing confidential information to the press, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Donald Trump wants $10M from a former consultant, Sam Nunberg, who he says leaked confidential information https://t.co/gZM6vqzR0m
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) July 13, 2016
The aide, identified in court filings as former campaign consultant Sam Nunberg, who left the campaign in 2015, is accused of violating a nondisclosure agreement that nearly all of Trump’s staffers are required to sign.
Nunberg claims that Trump is attempting to silence him “in a misguided attempt to cover up media coverage of an apparent affair” between two Trump campaign aides. AP reports that Nunberg’s court filing cites a New York Post article published last month about a public altercation between the aides in question.
The article cited appears to be this one, which details a shouting match between former campaign adviser and CNN contributor Corey Lewandowski and campaign press secretary Hope Hicks on Park Avenue in Manhattan.
Trump, who requires nearly all of his campaign staff to sign nondisclosure and nondisparagement agreements, initiated arbitration against Nunberg back in May, according to the AP.
Nunberg, in court filings, denied disparaging his form boss and accuses Trump of trying to “bully” him into silence. His attorney, Andrew Miltenberg, described the lawsuit as “a cautionary tale of what the American people face if Mr. Trump is elected president” and said Trump’s lawyers had sought unsuccessfully to keep the court documents under seal during a hearing Wednesday morning.
Trump and Nunberg have engaged in a number of testy back-and-forths in the press since parting ways in 2015. In an interview with the Daily Beast last year, for example, Trump described Nunberg as a “highly self-destructive individual who makes routine calls begging for his job back.” In that same piece, Nunberg predicted that Trump would lose the GOP primary.
Nunberg was one of Trump’s closest political aides in the early stages of his successful primary campaign. Trump reportedly decided to file the lawsuit because he was “furious” with Nunberg’s behavior.
UPDATE: Nunberg issues a statement.
Sam Nunberg's exclusive statement to NBC News (via @KatyTurNBC):
"I'm not guilty. I'm beautiful." – Sam Nunberg
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 13, 2016