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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is seeking $10 million from former campaign consultant Sam Nunberg, who Trump says allegedly leaked confidential information despite signing a nondisclosure agreement, Nunberg’s lawyer told BuzzFeed News Wednesday.
The lawyer, Andrew Miltenberg, said Trump's side believes Nunberg leaked a story in the New York Post about campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski arguing on the street.
“We believe that everything they’re complaining about is factually false,” Miltenberg said. “We deny leaking anything.”
Trump’s initial demand was made in May in an arbitration proceeding brought by Trump for President, his 2016 campaign. The proceedings were closed and reopened this week under a different entity, Trump 2012 PCA, because Nunberg’s agreement with that entity included an arbitration clause.
“We tried to keep the arbitration from happening because really what it is is a sort of a backhanded sort of way to try to silence Mr Nunberg,” Miltenberg said.
That latest move led Nunberg to file a legal action against Trump this week, asking New York courts to stop the arbitration proceeding from going forward.
Nunberg was fired from the campaign in August 2015 after racist messages he had written on Facebook surfaced. A request for comment from the Trump campaign was not immediately returned.
News of Trump's legal action broke as the Republican National Committee kicked off its summer meeting ahead of the convention. When asked by BuzzFeed News about the case and its timing, most said they weren't aware of it and declined to comment.
Steve House, chairman of the Colorado GOP, said he didn't think it would hurt Trump. “Do most people even know what an NDA is?,” he said. “I like that Donald Trump enforces the rules.”
Here are the court documents: