Court documents obtained by the AP reveal that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is seeking damages from Nunberg for allegedly leaking confidential information to reporters. The outlet reported last month that Trump requires employees of his business organization and political campaign to sign strict nondisclosure agreements.
According to the AP, Nunberg says in a court filing that Trump is retaliating against him and claiming that he was the source of a New York Post story about two top Trump staffers. The story, published in May, reported on a public argument between Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
Nunberg denied that he was a source for the story, but characterized the disagreement as part of “an apparent affair” in his court filing. Publicly available documents indicate that Trump is attempting to take the case to confidential arbitration, but Nunberg wants the case to be public.
Nunberg’s court filing includes articles written about the infighting that has plagued Trump’s campaign.
The Trump campaign fired Nunberg, described by the campaign as a short-term adviser, last August for a series of racist Facebook posts he was accused of writing in 2007 that applied a racial slur to civil rights leader Al Sharpton’s daughter and referred to President Barack Obama as a “Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser.”
Nunberg said in May that he supported Trump’s then-rival for the Republican nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). When The Daily Caller asked him about being termed a “reporter whisperer” by Politico reporter Mike Allen, Nunberg said, “I don’t know what that means, but if it’s good, it’s true. If it’s not good, I deny it.”
Christina Wilkie contributed reporting.
This story has been updated to include information from the court documents.