President Trump made White House senior staff sign nondisclosure agreements with potentially heavy penalties for violations, according to a draft copy obtained by The Washington Post. Many of the staff “balked at first” but were subsequently pressured by then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and the White House counsel’s office to sign in the “early months of the administration,” the Post reported. Unnamed officials said the NDAs are reportedly “very similar to the ones that some of us signed during the campaign and during the transition,” and restrict the signer from violating the agreement “at all times thereafter” their employment in the Trump administration. The draft obtained by the Post had a $10 million violation fee attached, but noted that the final figure was most likely “watered down” in the final agreement.
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