TRUMP: NDA ENFORCEMENT / LITIGATION INVOLVING TRUMP (SEAN SPICER)
Sean Spicer served as the twenty-eighth White House Press Secretary and as White House Communications Director under President Donald Trump in 2017. Prior thereto, Spicer was communications director of the Republican National Committee from 2011 to 2017, and its chief strategist from 2015 to 2017. Subsequently, he was hired to serve as a spokesman and senior adviser for America First Action, a super PAC dedicated to backing candidates who support the Trump Administration.
According to The Guardian, “Spicer’s admiration for Trump shines through all of his reflections on the frustrations of the job. While Spicer in one passage applies the words “erratic” and “mercurial” to the president, the book – which begins with a scene of Trump determinedly refusing Spicer’s resignation – is filled with emotionally charged passages starring the president.”
Sean Spicer claimed he was not the subject of any compensation to “avoid bad-mouthing President Trump.” “I hadn’t received a penny from anyone in the Trump apparatus or connected to Trump until June 15 of this year,” Spicer told C-SPAN Monday, referring to joining a Trump-aligned super PAC America First Action.
Spicer said he did not have to get approval from the White House for his book, The Briefing, about his time as Trump’s spokesman.
Non Disclosure Agreement / Non Disparage Agreement:
Spicer has not said if he signed a non-disclosure agreement.
Selective Enforcement? Trump allegedly said it himself, “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.” He uses NDA’s to regulate speech. Its limits will be tested.
Known Legal Action of Some Sort:
- Summer Zervos
- Jessica Denson
- Sam Nunberg
- Cliff Sims
- Steve Bannon
- Karen McDougal
- Stormy Daniels
- Omarosa Manigault-Newman (no comment)
- David Bossie (wrote book, no enforcement)
- Corey Lewandowski (wrote book, no enforcement)
- Anthony Scaramucci (wrote book, denied existence of NDA, no enforcement)
- Sean Spicer (wrote book, no enforcement)
More Generally (coming soon):
- Post White House Service Agreements
- White House / Government Service Agreements
- Donald J. Trump For President, Inc NDAs
- Other Campaign Related NDAs
- NDAs related to Relationships with Women
- NDAs for Apprentice
- NDAs for Other Businesses
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