Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

ACLU Statement on White House Nondisclosure Agreements | American Civil Liberties Union

ACLU Statement on White House Nondisclosure Agreements | American Civil Liberties Union

Although the White House did not respond to the Post's requests for comment, Trump expressed support for making federal employees sign nondisclosure agreements prior to his election.

President Donald Trump ordered senior staff after they joined the White House to sign non-disclosure agreements following several leaks in the early months of his administration, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

Some staffers were reportedly hesitant to sign, but were pressured to do so by then-chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusPriebus on chaos in Trump White House: "Take everything you've heard and multiply it by 50" Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy's future Priebus claims he helped stop Trump from firing Sessions MORE and the White House counsel. Sources familiar with the final document do not remember a similarly large penalty, she said. "I think they should", Trump said in 2016 when asked about the matter. It appears the consequences were indeed quite serious.

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The agreement bans "the publication of works of fiction that contain any mention of the operations of the White House, federal agencies, foreign governments, or other entities interacting with the United States Government that is based on confidential information".

U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the White House after speaking at the Latino Coalition Legislative Summit in Washington, U.S., March 7, 2018. But of course, we have no way of knowing if the NDA had a chilling effect, convincing some who would have sounded the alarm about activities inside the Trump administration to keep quiet. Trump is struggling to silence a porn star who signed an NDA before he was elected, so the Mooch will probably be fine.

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