NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) Obsessed President Trump
It isn’t the first time I make the point that President Trump loves to silence people. But, he does and the problem is that the President does not how to separate his corporation and private life from that of being a public official.
It has long been rumored that President Trump required those in the White House to sign NDA’s- Non-Disclosure Agreements.
Katrina Pierson, who worked on President Trump’s 2016 campaign and has been in the media lately because she was recorded by Omarosa Manigault in reference to Trump using the “N” word, admitted that she signed one. But, she signed it working for Trump during the campaign. Even that is questionable legally, but what about if you work for the government?
Government employees are public servants. They work for us with money the government obtains from our tax dollars. Now, there are situations where a government employee cannot speak publicly about what they did or know, but that applies to those in positions of national security or revealing information that is related to national security.
For example, you cannot be a retired FBI agent and write about scertain activities you were involved in without getting approval first.
Did those in Trump’s administration sign NDA’s? Again, rumor is yes and that they did sign it because it has zero legal significance. We just don’t know which specific employees. Even Kellyane Conway stated recently that those in the West Wing have signed confidentiality agreements.
An NDA signed by a public employee doesn’t even take into consideration the legal issue of FOIA, the Freedom of Information Act that allows John Q. Citizen to fill out an application and request certain government documents.
In addition, there are whistle blower laws which are designed to protect the public by allowing an government employee to report activity that may be illegal or corrupt.
So in reality, President Trump having White House employees and staff sign NDA’s isn’t worth the paper it is written on. And, that’s assuming the President even signed it.
Remember, that is the issue the President is facing in the Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit filed by attorney Michael Avenatti, because while she received the $130,000 pay out and she signed it, the President didn’t.
An NDA is a valid legal contract, but, it must be signed by both parties.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.