In a highly unusual campaign dispute, Donald Trump is seeking $10 million in damages from his former political consultant Sam Nunberg, arguing Nunberg violated the nondisclosure agreement nearly every Trump employee is required to sign. Trump alleges Nunberg leaked confidential information to reporters. Nunberg, in court filings obtained by the AP, contends Trump is trying to silence him "in a misguided attempt to cover up media coverage of an apparent affair" between two senior campaign staffers. In the court filings, Nunberg denied disparaging Trump and accused the presumptive GOP nominee of attempting to "bully" him into silence after Nunberg decided to publicly support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential bid.
The AP reported last month that nearly every Trump employee—both in the campaign and his businesses—must sign legally binding nondisclosure agreements prohibiting them from releasing any confidential or disparaging information about the real estate mogul, his family, or his companies. In the court filings, Nunberg said Trump filed a $10 million arbitration claim against him, accusing him of being a source of a New York Post story from mid-May that recounted a public quarrel between former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks. Court papers referred to the quarrel as being part of an "apparent affair." Trump attorney Alan Garten repeatedly declined to refer to Nunberg—a campaign consultant fired last year for racist Facebook posts—by name, but described him as "a person who has a history of making untrue, outlandish, and outrageous allegations."