A controversial former advisor to the Donald Trump campaign says he will write a book about the campaign, knowing full well he may be risking a major lawsuit over a nondisclosure agreement he previously signed.
Roger Stone told the New York Post on Thursday that he plans to write a book about the 2016 campaign and he does not believe his nondisclosure agreement with Trump prevents him from doing so.
“My lawyers believe the nondisclosure agreement I signed is unenforceable,” Stone told the Post. “And in any case, I’m not going to write a book trashing Trump.”
Stone said his book will focus on the difference in how the media treated after his former boss, Richard Nixon, compared to how they treated Hillary Clinton.
“They brought [Nixon] down,” Stone told the newspaper. “But in Hillary’s case, they suppress or ignore her wrongdoings. It’s the exact opposite of the Nixon era.”
Stone’s lack of concern over the nondisclosure agreement is particularly interesting. Especially considering reports earlier this year that book publishers backed away from a major deal with another former Trump advisor after reviewing the nondisclosure agreement.
HarperCollins’ fear of potential litigation over former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s nondisclosure agreement reportedly cost him a $1.2 million book advance.
At the time of those reports, New York-based contracts attorney Keith Stein explained to LawNewz.com why there was reason to believe the nondisclosure would hold up in court.
“These types of agreements also generally include provisions that enable them to be ‘specifically enforced,’ in addition to subjecting the violator of money damages,” Stein said. “Specific enforcement means that, in this case, Trump and his campaign could sue to require a court to order Lewandowski to comply with these provisions, and hold him in contempt of a court order if he failed to comply.”
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