In a summary judgment delivered Monday in favor of Manigault Newman, the arbitrator dismissed the Trump campaign’s claims, saying the NDA was “overwhelming, uncertain and unfair.” The decision is a rare example of a final and financial consequence by Trump in a legal battle against one of his personal or political enemies.
American Arbitration Association arbiter T. Andrew Brown said in the ruling that the terms of the NDA went “far beyond what could reasonably be expected to protect” the interests of the Trump campaign.
The arbitrator said that the agreement effectively imposed Manigault Newman “an obligation not to say anything remotely to Mr. Trump, his family, or the businesses of his or family members for the rest of his life.”
“Such a burden is certainly unreasonable,” the judgment said.
The arbitrator pointed to the decision in a federal court case in which another former Trump campaign employee, Jessica Denson, was seeking a decision to declare her campaign NDA unenforceable. In that case, a federal judge said in March that some provisions of the NDA were unenforceable.
The decision in Denson’s case was not precedent binding, said the arbitrator in the Manigault Newman case, but was nonetheless “persuasive and consistent with the principles of New York contract law.”
The Trump campaign sued in arbitration in August 2018, the same day as the release of Manigault Newman’s book “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” behind-the-scenes work for Trump. The summary judgment stated that since Manigault Newman had won the arbitration case, she could now pursue attorneys’ fees.
“Frankly, I am very pleased with this decision,” Manigault Neumann said in a statement. “Donald has used this type of annoying lawsuit to intimidate, harass, and bully for years! Finally, the bully has met his match!”
In a statement provided to CNN by a Trump spokesperson, the former president did not note the merits of the decision, but criticized Manigault Newman personally.
“No one in her life has done more for Omarosa than a man named Donald Trump,” he said. “Unfortunately, like some others, she forgot everything – which is fine with me!”
Manigault Newman’s book, previously best known for its polarizing character on NBC’s “The Apprentice,” painted a damaging portrait of the former president. In it, she describes a man who is mentally weak, racist and vulgar, charismatic but emotionally abusive, supportive and overseen by a collusive cast of family members whose varied goals rarely include the betterment of the nation. Is.
Manigault Newman insisted that her firing from the White House was because she knew too much about a possible audio recording of Trump saying a racist adjective he claims was the subject of deep rift between the campaign. Was – and later White House – aide. Manigault Neumann provides no evidence of the alleged recording.
Among other things, Manigault Newman, who was in charge of Trump’s African American outreach, also recalls instances that forced him to reconsider his loyalty to the president and administration, most notably in Charlottesville in August 2017. In the wake of a white supremacist rally.
“Donald Trump, who would attack civil rights icons and professional athletes who would go after grieving black widows, who would say there were good people on both sides, who supported an accused child molester; Donald Trump, and his The decisions and their behavior was harming the country. I can no longer be a part of this madness.”
CNN’s Kevin Liptak and Devan Cole contributed to this report.