Trump made senior White House staff sign NDAs

Back left to right Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump front row left to right Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and Indonesian President Joko Widodo pose for

If you're eagerly awaiting juicy tell-alls from Gary Cohn, Hope Hicks, Reince Priebus, or any of the multitude of Trump administration officials who have headed for the exits, don't hold your breath: The president has reportedly required staffers to sign nondisclosure agreements that last, essentially, forever. The report raises plenty of other concerns, such as why the White House Counsel's Office was pressuring federal employees to sign a ridiculous loyalty agreement. Trump hoped to quell leaks by making sure staff knew they could be "on the hook for some serious damages".

"Even if the White House NDAs are unenforceable, they (a) still could have a chilling effect and (b) are inconsistent with the principles we expect the leader of a free society to uphold", he wrote.

The NDAs were distributed in the early months of the Trump administration, after the president grew furious over information leaking from the White House via anonymous sources.

According to the Washington Post, which first reported on the agreements, White House staffers saw the documents as legally non-binding as well, but signed them to appease Trump. That alone is potentially enough to keep them quiet no matter how much they might want to speak out about their time in the Trump White House.

"When people are chosen by a man to go into government at high levels and then they leave government and they write a book about a man and say a lot of things that were really guarded and personal, I don't like that", Trump said. I mean, I'll be honest.

City grandee boosts GKN in bid battle
The plan for a secondary listing came after Dana executives had met GKN shareholders. While Aviva Investors, also in the top 30, has lent support to the Melrose deal.

According to a draft agreement Marcus said she viewed, violators could face $10 million penalties for each unauthorized release of "confidential information" - and the agreement applied not only to their White House tenures but "all times thereafter". If you have a leaker on your staff, the cure is firing, not suing.

Debra Katz, an attorney who has represented whistleblowers, said something similar to the Post.

The draft agreement defines "confidential" information as "all nonpublic information I learn of or gain access to in the course of my official duties", including "communications [with] the press" and with "employees of federal, state, and local governments". The $10 million figure, I suspect, was watered down in the final version, because the people to whom I have spoken do not remember that jaw-dropping sum. It also prohibits "works of fiction" that mention government operations or are based on confidential information.

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters onboard Air Force One on Monday that the Post's report was "completely false".

"White House lawyers who knowingly participated in a scheme to illegally coerce unrepresented non lawyer employees & deprive them of First Amendment and other rights could be subject to bar discipline for violating ethics rules-and maybe even lose their licenses", Eisen tweeted.

Related News:



Most liked

Sri Lanka ends emergency as tensions subside
Two people were killed and hundreds of Muslim-owned properties and more than 20 mosques were damaged, media reported. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said he made the decision after assessing the security situation.

NCAA Tournament: 11-seed Loyola tops Tennessee on late jumper
It's individualized 'on how they did, and whether it was good or whether they have to improve in certain parts, ' Schmidt said. ". The last No. 11 seed to make it to the Final Four took the long way, which oddly enough took them through Chicago as well.

Ever Buy an Original PS3? Sony May Owe You $65
The $65 settlement claim, therefore, is like a parting gift from the PlayStation 3 as the console enters the twilight of its life. We're talking about the 20GB, 40GB, 60GB, and 80GB fat models, not the Slim or Super Slim.

Donald Trump Jr. romanced Aubrey O'Day during marriage to Vanessa
Before his soon-to-be ex-wife Vanessa Trump filed for divorce , their marriage was reportedly tainted with cheating. The reports of the alleged affair come just days after Vanessa Trump filed for divorce after more than a decade.

#BBNaija: Again! Miracle becomes head of house
There will be no eviction this week as the viewers will be voting for two evicted housemates to come back to the house. Anto, one the ongoing Big Brother Naija housemates has been evicted, becoming the 11th contestant to leave the house.

Hamilton wants fast start to season
I want to kill it through practice, get pole position and I want to win the race convincingly. Hamilton said: "I do not want to retire soon or prematurely".

Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) Expected To Report Earnings On Monday
Several analysts have released their opinion on Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL), with 19 analysts believing it is a strong buy. It improved, as 67 investors sold ORCL shares while 498 reduced holdings. 122 funds opened positions while 519 raised stakes.

Madhuri will fill in for Sridevi in Karan Johar's upcoming production
Before the untimely demise of Sridevi in Dubai on 24 February, 2018, she and Dutt were set to reunite on screen after 25 years. Sridevi's daughter Janhvi Kapoor made the announcement on her Instagram page with a picture of the two actresses'.

On Russia's President Putin
Navalny was barred from contesting the election and had called for a boycott of Sunday's vote in protest. Other experts have said Putin has made "no secret" of his plans to reverse the dissolution of the USSR.

Trey Songz Arrested On Suspicion Of Domestic Violence
Buera was granted a temporary restraining order against Songz, with a hearing for a permanent injunction slated for March 27. Her attorney, Lisa Bloom , made the request as she was is afraid that she would run into the artist again in LA.

Soldier who killed neutralized terrorist to be freed in May
This is while a number of Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have called for him to be pardoned. Video footage shows Azaria shoot Sharif after the latter had been neutralized and no longer appeared to pose a threat.

Homer Simpson pulled over by English police
Thames Valley Police team may have seen a few fake driver's licences in their time, but none quite like this, no doubt. An unidentified British driver tried passing off a fake license to police during a traffic stop last Sunday night.

Former Colts Linebacker Jon Bostic Signs With Steelers
Having played with so many teams has given him experience in different defensive alignments, which Bostic says plays into his strengths.

Android P Will Block Apps Built for Android 4.1 or Lower
Android has a reputation for being less secure than Apple's iOS, but Google says its platform has gotten a bad rap. However, uptake and progress have both been sluggish, with version 2.0 only released previous year .

CM convened a meeting on completion of the BJP government's one year
The celebrations come less than a week after BJP lost the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats to rival Samajwadi Party (SP) in bypolls.