Trump made White House staff sign NDAs that extend well beyond presidency

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Trump, already infuriated by White House leaks, asked his staff to sign the document, vowing they wouldn't reveal confidential information, according to a Washington Post column. And I don't know, there could be some kind of a law that you can't do this.

According to the Post, a draft of the agreement laid out a $10 million punishment for speaking about the public's business.

The White House has yet to comment on the report.

All of Trump's senior staffers appear to have signed the agreements, with some believing it unenforceable, Marcus reported.

President Donald Trump required senior White House staff members to sign nondisclosure agreements that not only threatened stiff financial penalties for violations, but extended far beyond Trump's time in office, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus reported on Sunday.

Some of the staffers were reportedly hesitant to sign the agreements, but did so after pressure from then-chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard Priebus ACLU: Trump nondisclosure agreements for White House staffers are "unconstitutional" Trump required staff to sign nondisclosure agreements that last past his presidency: report Scaramucci signs book deal on "The Blue Collar President": report MORE and the White House counsel.

"The president's point was that they [staff] would think twice about that if they were on the hook for some serious damages", the person said.

Language in the draft copy reportedly ordered staffers to pay $10 million to the federal government for each piece of confidential information they shared.

"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. I mean, I'll be honest.

"I understand that the United States Government or, upon completion of the term (s) of Mr. Donald J. Trump, an authorized representative of Mr. Trump, may seek any remedy available to enforce this Agreement including, but not limited to, application for a court order prohibiting disclosure of information in breach of this Agreement", reads the document.



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