Donald Trump sues ex-senior aide for $10m over leaking information to media
Sam Nunberg accused Trump of trying to silence him in a misguided attempt to cover up media coverage of an apparent affair between senior campaign staffers
Donald Trump is suing former top aide Sam Nunberg for $10m in back and forth litigation, only days before the presumptive GOP nominee will announce his running mate.
Nunberg, who left the campaign in August 2015 amid internal conflict, was sued by Trump in arbitration proceedings on 28 Mayover claims that he breached confidentiality.
The Republican operative, who after leaving Trumps campaign announced he would support Ted Cruz, countersued on Wednesday in New York county supreme court, alleging that Trump was trying to silence him as part of a vendetta and trying to force proceedings into arbitration to shield the ridiculous nature of the Trump campaigns irrational and vindictive assault against me.
In an affidavit obtained by the Guardian, Nunberg alleges the suit is retaliation for my change of political opinion and the free exercise of my first amendment right to abandon my political backing of Mr Trump and to endorse and associate with US senator Ted Cruz publicly.
In an interview, Nunbergs lawyer, Andrew Miltenberg, told the Guardian that Trump is alleging that his former aide violated confidentiality after he was no longer employed. Miltenberg said it was a vendetta and added we think it had everything to do with an important Trump campaign manager came out and supported Ted Cruz.
In particular, Miltenberg said that the Trump campaign is alleging that his client leaked a New York Post story about a public spat between the then campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and press secretary Hope Hicks. The two reportedly engaged in a public argument on a weekday night in midtown Manhattan, with Hicks screaming: Im done with you.
The affidavit includes a denial by Nunberg that he provided the New York Post with a story about what he described as a lovers quarrel and describes Lewandowski and Hicks engaging in a sordid and apparently illicit affair.
Nunberg also states in the affidavit that his removal from the campaign happened after Lewandowski began a campaign to oust any competing voices within the developing campaign.Nunberg was fired by Trump after past racially insensitive social media posts of his emerged in August 2015.
In the Trump campaigns arbitration claim against Nunberg, they accuse the former aide of disseminating information about the campaign to a number of news outlets with both intent and malice to the detriment of his campaign and for his own personal benefit.
The Trump campaign did not initially respond to a request for comment; nor did Lewandowski.
Late on Wednesday, the Trump campaign released a statement attributed to the Republican candidates counsel, Alan Garten.
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, the statement said.
When the agreements are not adhered to he will enforce them to the full extent of the law, and Mr Trumps 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.