“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (First Amendment – Passed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791. The first 10 amendments form the Bill of Rights’).
The Donald J. Trump Presidency is really insane, it is really a horror house of governance, by a former so-called Tycoon who slaps his name on buildings and golf-courses, but haven’t built much himself in the recent years. President Trump who fires, misfires and hires willy-nilly are now leaked about his Non-Disclosure Agreements with White House staff, that is insane, and is blatant in disregard to freedom of speech, liberty and of people’s will to speak out of the madness happening with the term of the President.
You know he really has many crimes, much activity he don’t want disclosed, don’t want public. When all aides, all appointments and all people working for him in the White House. Signing NDA’s that silence them “at all times thereafter”. It isn’t like they are only signing, we will not classified information, we will not leak private conversations while being in the White House. No, it is all time after. So if your in the 20s or 30s hired like Stephen Miller, he cannot leak crap all his life for all the decades he is alive after Trump stopped being President. The same with Hope Hicks, who isn’t that old. She would be silent for 5 decades after what she saw as one of the trusted aides of Trump. Hicks could clearly have written a tell-all book about her time in the Trump Organization and Trump White House. But she wouldn’t be allowed, sure the President made similar agreements in his businesses. Seriously, he must have, since he cannot stomach to release them Tax-Returns. The grand-coward cannot be transparent, but that we know.
Non-Disclosure Agreement from the White House:
“As outlined in the document, this restriction would cover Trump aides not only during their White House service but also “at all times thereafter.” The document: “I understand that the United States Government or, upon completion of the term(s) of Mr. Donald J. Trump, an authorized representative of Mr. Trump, may seek any remedy available to enforce this Agreement including, but not limited to, application for a court order prohibiting disclosure of information in breach of this Agreement.” (Marcus, 2018).
That he will take former employees, former aides and appointed into cabinet if they talk is outrages. That he thinks he can control the first amendment and silence the staff for life is insane. It is vindictive and vicious. But nothing new from this man, whose done the same to Stormy Daniels and who else he has had a shady relationship while being married. I am sure he has more NDA’s which is connected to his infidelity, because this man has no self-control. Just look at the man’s tweet and you know!
You can wonder if this is made by the legal team of Michael Cohen and not under government protocol. Like I doubt the Department of Justice had a review, neither the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) or the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) at the White House. Because, they know the laws and standards for government officials and public servants. The appointed people and hired staff in the White House is not personal minions of Trump. Even if he thinks so and thinks he is secretly King Kong who can solve any crises. Even if he creates most of them on his own.
It should be easy to dismiss, any scholar should understand that the NDA cannot violate the First Amendment, than it should be tarnished and rewritten. They cannot mute people from the free speech, they cannot stop people from talking and being in the press after the tenure of Trump. They are not allowed to leak sensitive information, not allowed to disclose confidential information, but that is while being staff. However, when they are clocked-out and contract done. Then, they can disclose matters and also put the stories in print if they want. That is natural. Therefore, these NDA’s are stupid and vindictive, because Trump is afraid of the stories. Even Wolf’s book ‘Fire and Fury’ has stirred the pot, but there will be more in the future. These NDA’s will not last.
The President is not above the law, even if he thinks so inside his own mind. He has to respect the law, just like any citizen has to abide to it. It is time the President understand that, it is a lot to ask of Trump. But someone had to do it, it just happen to be me. Peace.
Marcus, Ruth – ‘Trump had senior staff sign nondisclosure agreements. They’re supposed to last beyond his presidency.’ (18.03.2018) link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-nondisclosure-agreements-came-with-him-to-the-white-house/2018/03/18/226f4522-29ee-11e8-b79d-f3d931db7f68_story.html?utm_term=.a2d6a1921454