Donald Trump Sues Ex-Adviser Sam Nunberg for $10M Over Leaks to Media

(JTA) — Donald Trump has filed a $10 million lawsuit against a former campaign adviser, Sam Nunberg.

The presumptive presidential Republican nominee is alleging that Nunberg, who was fired last August for racially offensive Facebook posts, may have violated his confidentiality agreement in statements to the media, an unnamed source confirmed to Mic on Wednesday.

The Trump campaign has yet to comment on the lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court or its allegations, but court documents obtained by The Associated Press indicated a connection with a May 2015 New York Post story in which an insider reveals details of an affair between campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

According to reports, the Trump campaign had sought to litigate in private, but the court documents were revealed when Nunberg, 34, a lawyer, filed for a stay in the arbitration on Monday.

Nunberg, who is Jewish, was fired twice by the Trump campaign — once for his Facebook posts and previously for urging Trump’s involvement in a unflattering BuzzFeed profile in 2014. Following his second firing, Nunberg threw his support behind Trump’s rival for the Republican nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

The Daily Beast reported in 2015 that “the threat of legal action has not stopped Nunberg from speaking his mind about Trump,” and that Trump sent the former aide a cease and desist notice.

Nunberg “is a highly self-destructive individual who makes routine calls begging for his job back,” Trump said at the time. “This is the interview of a desperate person who is trying to hang on and stay relevant.”

Nunberg was fired last summer when his long history of incendiary Facebook posts came to light. In one post he called the Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter a “N***|**!”

Nunberg maintains that he did not write the racist Facebook posts.

He attended Touro College’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and later worked as director of the Legal Project at the Middle East Forum, a Washington think tank directed by conservative scholar Daniel Pipes.

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