Judge puts hold on Trump's demand for private arbitration

DONALD Trump is suing a former aide who is accused of leaking confidential information to the media.

Trump's lawsuit against Nunberg accuses him of violating a confidentiality agreement for allegedly leaking a story to the New York Post about a public screaming match between former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and spokesperson Hope Hicks.

Not only does the suit remind voters of the chaotic nature of the Trump campaign, it also dredges up claims by Nunberg, made in a court filing, that Trump's lawsuit is driven by "a misguided attempt to cover up media coverage of an apparent affair".

Trump's lawyers must respond to Nunberg's claims by July 28. Trump aides are required to sign contracts precluding them from publicly discussing their time with the campaign for a period of years. "This is the interview of a desperate person who is trying to hang on and stay relevant".

Trump fired Nunberg in August 2015 for having published racist remarks on his personal Facebook against the daughter of African American reverend and activist Al Sharpton and President Barack Obama in 2007 and 2008. The court documents acquired by the Associated Press were filed by Nunberg's lawyers in an attempt to block the suit from going to private arbitration. A source close to the campaign said that it was a mistake to file because it would upstage Trump's search for a running mate.

However, Mr Nunberg has been highly critical of Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, both professionally and personally.

What's more, the timing of the suit reinforces the impression that Trump has an uncanny ability to provoke headlines that step all over other news that could benefit his campaign.

Reached by phone, Mr Lewandowski said he was "not familiar with the court case" and would not comment on the allegations.

Mr Lewandowski helped Trump upset 16 primary rivals, a stunning feat for the political novice and a campaign manager with little presidential campaign experience. But Lewandowski clashed with other campaign staffers and was viewed by GOP leaders as unprepared to oversee a general election campaign.

"The Trump Campaign was not in existence prior to or at the time of the agreement, and Mr Nunberg did not agree or intend that it apply to any future entity such as the Trump Campaign", his complaint said.

"If it's not a real entity what role does it or did it have in the campaign. the 2012 presidential cycle is over, why would they use that type of entity to sue raises a whole host of questions", Miltenberg added.

Miltenberg said in his court papers the committee was set up in violation of New York State's business law because it was not properly registered.

Nunberg's official legal statement denies giving the New York Post information but doesn't deny the relationship between those staffers.

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