Trump campaign ordered to pay $1.3 mil to former staffer

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20 Apr 2022, 10:04 pm

Trump campaign is ordered to pay $1.3 million for Omarosa legal fees

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The Trump campaign has been ordered by an arbitrator to pay more than $1.3 million in attorney fees for Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former White House staffer and “Apprentice” star, who wrote a scathing account of her time in the White House, following a yearslong legal battle over a nondisclosure agreement.

A person familiar with Trump’s legal plans told POLITICO, “We are going to challenge the award in court.”

Former President Donald Trump brought a legal action against Manigault Newman over remarks she made while appearing on “Celebrity Big Brother” and accounts from her book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” and he contended she was in violation of a nondisclosure agreement she signed during the 2016 campaign.

Manigault Newman made secret recordings of conversations while working at the White House, and in her book detailed behind-the-scenes interactions with the president, the Trump family and senior staff. The first tell-all to come out of the Trump White House, it described Trump as a “racist” and made observations about unseemly behavior behind closed doors.

The award of legal fees issued on Tuesday is the latest development in Trump’s three-year legal campaign against Manigault Newman over nondisclosure agreements he made employees sign.

“It’s the largest known attorney fee award against a Political Campaign or President we can find and hopefully will send a message that weaponized litigation will not be tolerated and empower other lawyers to stand up and fight for the whistleblower and vocal critic against the oppressive machine,” Manigault Newman’s attorney, John M. Phillips, said in a statement.

“However, the $1.3 Million pales in comparison to the $3 to $4 million the Trump Campaign paid its own lawyers in order to suppress speech,” Phillips said. “That’s a lot of donations which went to lawyers in the name of politics. It’s truly shameful. We look forward to receiving a check and will donate a portion of the proceeds to groups who stand up to the suppression of speech.”

Still, Manigault Newman has other fees to pay. Just last month, a judge ordered her to pay a $61,585 penalty for failing to file a financial disclosure report after she was fired from the Trump White House in December 2017.


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20 Apr 2022, 11:21 pm

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