A former aide to Donald Trump asked a judge to block his presidential campaign from pursuing a legal claim against him.
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.
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The AP reports that Nunberg's filing claims the campaign is stifling his First Amendment right to free speech to talk about the campaign, and he asserts that his contract was with a Trump exploratory committee that is not officially or legally connected to Trump's current presidential campaign.
In the court filings, Nunberg denied disparaging Trump and accused the presumptive GOP nominee of attempting to "bully" him into silence after Nunberg made a decision to publicly support Texas Sen.
Nunberg alleges that the Trump campaign is trying to "silence media coverage" of the relationship between Lewandowski and Hicks, calling it a "sordid and apparently illicit affair".
What is public: Nunberg's attorneys have filed a proposed order requesting that the arbitration in this matter "commenced by respondent Trump 2012 PCA before the American Arbitration Association ... on or about July 11, 2016, be stayed pending the determination of this application". The other open cases include breach of contract spats with two celebrity chefs in Washington, a tax dispute with the D.C. government, and fraud cases in NY and California related to the now-defunct Trump University.
Trump Organization General Counsel Alan Garten confirmed the lawsuit but declined to disclose additional details because the suit is "subject to arbitration".
Nunberg on Tuesday filed a petition in the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan. "This tawdry public incident between Mr. Lewandowski and a female Trump campaign staffer occurred well after the termination of my consulting agreement".