Another Day, Another NDA: Trump Threatens Litigation Over A Nondisclosure Agreement With Niece

donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedIn the Trump Administration, it seems that each day brings a new NDA.  From Stormy Daniels to Michael Cohen to John Bolton, NDA litigation has become the signature litigation issue of the Trump presidency.  Now, President Donald Trump has invoked a NDA in response to a new tell-all book by his niece Mary Trump.

Mary Trump’s book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man is expected to be released soon.  The book reportedly will also confirm that she was a source for the The New York Times on Trump’s financial dealings.

The disclosures allegedly run afoul of a nondisclosure agreement, according to President Trump. He told Axios “She’s not allowed to write a book. You know, when we settled with her and her brother, who I do have a good relationship with — she’s got a brother, Fred, who I do have a good relationship with, but when we settled, she has a total … signed a nondisclosure.”

The NDA was reportedly the result of a settlement in 2001.  Mary Trump was at loggerheads with President Trump after the 1981 death of her father and President Trump’s brother, Fred. Trump Jr.  She and her brother Fred Trump III claimed that President Trump and his siblings had undue influence over their grandfather and his will. She will reportedly allege that they were retaliated against by President Trump and his brother Robert and Maryanne, including the cutting off of medical benefits for their nephew’s son who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Maryanne_Trump_Barry_in_1992Maryanne Trump Barry was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, an appointee of President Bill Clinton.  The inclusion of her in the book’s allegation could pull her into any NDA litigation. She took senior status on June 30, 2011 and then inactive status two weeks after President Trump’s inauguration. When she retired, there were allegations that she had engaged in fraudulent tax schemes with her siblings. However, that investigation was never complete.  Notably, the allegations involved efforts to limit estate tax and gift tax liability stemming from Fred Trump’s real estate enterprises.  She (nor her sibling) were ever found to have acted improperly in the matter.

President Trump is threatening litigation over his niece’s book and insists that the NDA is a “very powerful one. … It covers everything.”  New reports state that it certainly covers “anything regarding the litigation or her relationship with Donald, Maryanne, and Robert.”

Any litigation could not only address the book itself but any disclosures make to the New York Times.  In that way, it adds added element for a court. President Trump could seek evidence on communications with the The New York Times as relevant to violations of the NDA — discovery that would likely be steadfastly opposed by the newspaper.  The possibility of pulling the newspaper into the case and its discovery could be an added incentive for President Trump.  What is clear is that one of the most pronounced and curious parts of President Trump’s legacy will be left on the law of nondisclosure agreements.  This is an area that is fast becoming virtually synonymous with Trump and his presidency.


71 thoughts on “Another Day, Another NDA: Trump Threatens Litigation Over A Nondisclosure Agreement With Niece”

  1. No one needs to read a book to know the guys a damaged mess. It’s on the screen everyday.

    1. malicious slander. get to the source of the problem which is NYT V Sullivan. Erase it from the books. Then watch a lot of provlems evaporate.

  2. “Court Won’t Block Tell-All Book by President’s Niece Mary Trump”

    June 25, 2020ADAM KLASFELDFacebookTwitterEmail

    “Through his efforts to block books by John Bolton and Mary Trump, the president hopes to weaken the Supreme Court’s landmark Pentagon Papers decision — a watershed First Amendment ruling setting an extraordinarily high bar against prior restraint of the press. No U.S. president has sought to test its restrictions on government censorship since the days of Richard Nixon.”

  3. Trump Declines To Answer Question About His Order To ‘Slowdown’ Virus Testing”

    Trump declined in an interview Monday to directly answer whether he had told his administration to slow down coronavirus testing but asserted that the United States has done “too good of a job” on that front.

    The president made his comments in an interview with Scripps television in which he was asked about telling supporters at a campaign rally in Tulsa on Saturday that he had told officials to “slow the testing down, please” because it was showing too many cases compared with other countries.

    Administration officials — including White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Monday — have said that Trump made the comment in jest.

    Asked Monday whether he had indeed directed officials to slow down testing, Trump paused.

    “If it did slow down — frankly, I think we’re way ahead of ourselves, if you want to know the truth,” he then said. “We’ve done too good of a job. … The reason we have more cases is because we do more testing.”

    Shortly after the excerpt was made public, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany insisted during a briefing that Trump had not directed a slowdown in testing.

    “Any suggestion that testing has been curtailed is not rooted in fact,” she said. “It was a comment that he made in jest” during the rally.

    Edited from: “Trump Declines To Say Whether He Ordered A Testing Slowdown”

    Today’s Washington Post

  4. This week a woman in Louisville, Ky. was assaulted by armed rioters. The rioters blocked her car, and after a short conversation, tore out her dreadlocks and pointed a gun at her. The woman quickly drove backwards before they could shoot, then sped off, striking one of the assailants moving towards her.

    The events were thankfully captured on a city crime camera, and police arrested two of the attackers after the victim reported the incident to law enforcement. It was three days later that she was marked as the new face of “far right extremism” by NPR.


  5. “Regarding hypocrisy. Planned Parenthood racist! Imagine that”

    Planned Parenthood New York Employees Demand Their CEO Be Fired”

    The end of revolutions frequently starts when revolutionaries start eating their own.


        Planned Parenthood New York Employees Demand Their CEO Be Fired
        Graham PiroJune 19, 2020 2:50 PM

        (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
        Employees at Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) demanded the removal of the affiliate’s CEO, charging that she created a “culture of fear and intimidation” that harms nonwhite employees.

        PPGNY employees released an open letter on Thursday outlining their grievances with CEO Laura McQuade. “We are expressing our profound lack of confidence in Laura McQuade, our Chief Officers, and our Board of Directors,” the letter stated. “In her two-and-a-half year tenure, McQuade has created a culture of fear and intimidation; we have witnessed her cull dissenters and surround herself with enablers. Through abusive behavior and financial malfeasance, we have watched her fundamentally threaten the fiscal and operational viability of Planned Parenthood’s largest affiliate and its 900 employees.”

        The letter alleged that McQuade publicly shamed employees in staff meetings, resulting in an outside law firm investigating her practices. The investigation “led to no positive organizational change.”

        Employees also said years of complaints about pay inequities and a lack of upward mobility for nonwhite employees went unaddressed. The letter stated that no positive change resulted from three separate assessments of the organization’s problems promoting minority employees.

        “It is not possible to do justice to the scope and gravity of this issue here,” the letter stated.

        Hundreds of employees and supporters, many anonymous, signed the letter. The PPGNY employees’ list of demands included the removal of McQuade as CEO, salary cuts for the highest-paid employees, and an investigation into a list of alleged abuses.

        The letter linked to another open letter written by the organization’s minority employees, who expanded on the accusations of racism against nonwhite employees.

        “PPGNY, under the leadership of CEO Laura McQuade, has effectively gaslit and silenced their marginalized staff thus creating a toxic work environment,” the second letter stated. The employees accused leadership of elevating nonwhite employees who “actively participate in harming Black staff and other staff members of color below them.”

        PPGNY and Planned Parenthood Federation of America did not respond to requests for comment on the letters or on McQuade’s job status.

        The internal uprising comes amid organizational turmoil for the abortion provider. The group came under fire for accepting loans from the Small Business Administration, which lawmakers said were obtained fraudulently.

        The affiliate also announced it would lay off and furlough dozens of employees in April, citing strains brought on by the coronavirus crisis.

        1. Alan, 900 employees including many non-Whites.

          This part stands out: “Employees also said years of complaints about pay inequities and a lack of upward mobility for nonwhite employees went unaddressed”.

          Why do all these non-Whites work for a ‘racist employer’?? That makes no sense. Could it be the patients include large ratios of non-Whites? Yes, it does! P.P. has been the default healthcare provider to low-income women all over the country.

          And we’ll see if the Small Business Administration ever gets their money back. If that money was ‘fraudulently’ obtained there should be an indictment by now. But that ain’t happening!

          1. “Why do all these non-Whites work for a ‘racist employer’?? That makes no sense.”

            The left makes no sense to begin with. Why should it suddenly make sense? The article does say “charging that she created a “culture of fear and intimidation” that harms nonwhite employees.” What does that statement have to do with its patient population? Were you insinuating that they were complaining about the large number of abortions performed on the non-white population that Candace Owens called black genocide? It would be true since many have brought up the numbers of black abortions on this blog.

            What are you trying to prove?

            1. Alan, if you have to bring Candace Owens into the argument then you are utterly clueless.

              Just a few days ago there were some Blacks on my Facebook stream honestly wondering ‘who’ Candace Owens is and ‘why’ Trumpers keep mentioning her.

              1. “Alan, if you have to bring Candace Owens into the argument then you are utterly clueless. Just a few days ago there were some Blacks on my Facebook stream honestly wondering ‘who’ Candace Owens is and ‘why’ Trumpers keep mentioning her.

                Paint Chips why do you thinkg the Blacks on your Facebook are any smarter than you? Candace is very smart and is quite involved. You heard of Blexit didn’t you? She started off on the left but as she looked into things she made a right turn into the conservative movement. You want to pretend she doesn’t exist because she has a powerful voice and you feel threatened.

  6. Book Anialates Trump’s Claim Of Building His ‘Own’ Fortune

    The estate of Trump’s father, Fred Senior, was distributed (under the radar) long before and after his death. This aspect of Mary Trump’s book is what Donald fears most. It shatters the ridiculous myth that Donald but his own fortune.

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