The Trump campaign has officially filed a formal complaint against former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman in response to her newly released book and promotional tour saying she has breached a confidentiality agreement she signed in 2016.
A Trump campaign official told Fox News in a statement on Tuesday: “Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. has filed an arbitration against Omarosa Manigault Newman, with the American Arbitration Association in New York City, for breach of her 2016 confidentiality agreement with the Trump Campaign,”
The filing comes as Omarosa’s new tell-all memoir is released, detailing her time at the White House and during the 2016 campaign.
In the book “Unhinged” and in promotional interviews, she has hit out and trashed her former colleagues and President Donald Trump himself.
But the question of whether she has violated any confidentiality agreement has hung over the tour.
In her book, Omarosa claims that she “refused” to sign a non-disclosure agreement upon her exit from the Trump White House. But on Monday, Trump tweeted that “Wacky Omarosa already has a fully signed Non-Disclosure Agreement!”
Wacky Omarosa already has a fully signed Non-Disclosure Agreement!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018
This Tweet may be a reference to one signed when joining the Trump campaign.
The Washington Examiner has reportedly obtained a sample of the agreement, which would require Omarosa to keep information about the president, his companies, and his family confidential, and not “disparage” the Trump family “during the term of your service and at all times thereafter.”
However, it’s still unclear whether an agreement would apply to disclosures about events and conversations after the campaign.
The American Arbitration Association has at this stage declined to make any comment when asked by Fox News about the complaint.
In Omarosa’s book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” released on Tuesday, Manigault Newman says she aims to settle countless scores, blasting president Trump, depicting tensions inside the first family and mocking her former campaign and White House colleagues.
Omarosa accuses Donald Trump in the book of being “racist” and a “misogynist,” and of being “mentally and physically impaired.”
Manigault Newman accuses Trump, whom she says is her “mentor” throughout the book, of expecting “moblike” loyalty, likening him to a “cult leader.”
“Loyalty is a loaded topic when it comes to Donald Trump. His moblike loyalty requirements are exacting, imperishable, and sometimes unethical (as in James Comey’s case.),” she writes. “But for the people in Trumpworld, loyalty to him is an absolute and unyielding necessity, akin to followers’ devotion to a cult leader.”
She also alleges: “Trumpworld is a cult of personality focused solely on Donald J. Trump.”
Trump has hit back at Manigault Newman, calling her “wacky” and a “crazed, crying lowlife.” And on Tuesday, President Trump praised his chief of staff John Kelly for “firing that dog!”
The president also blasted her as “vicious, but not smart” and said “people in the White House hated her.”
Now, Omarosa has drawn some very tough criticism from the White House after she revealed secret recordings of her conversation with Gen, John Kelly in the White House Situation Room during her termination, and claims that Kelly was “threatening” her.
She also revealed a taped phone conversation with Trump after she was fired.
Manigault Newman has also made the claim that she believes her firing from the White House was related to her knowledge of a tape made back in the early 2000s, in which Trump supposedly uses “the N-word.”
Trump and current and former White House and campaign officials dispute the claims of such a tape and the president says no such tape
.@MarkBurnettTV called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up. Look at her MANY recent quotes saying….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018