Trump’s lawyers have recently sent Stephen Bannon a cease and desist letter. Because they believe Stephen Bannon is making disparaging comments about the president, they want him to stop and play nice. Apparently, Bannon is hurting Trump’s feelings when he speaks out against Trump and his family. The day that Trump’s lawyers sent the letter to Bannon came on the same day that the White House released an official statement about why Bannon was fired from his job this past August. The statement said:
“When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”
The letter intended for Bannon hopes that the mastermind behind Breitbart stops saying mean things to Trump.
According to ABC News, Trump attorney Charles J. Harder of the firm Harder Mirell & Abrams LLP, said in a statement, “This law firm represents President Donald J. Trump and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. On behalf of our clients, a legal notice was issued today to Stephen K. Bannon, that his actions of communicating with author Michael Wolff regarding an upcoming book give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our clients. Legal action is imminent.”
The letter that was sent reads:
“You [Bannon] have breached the Agreement by, among other things, communicating with author Michael Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company, disclosing Confidential Information to Mr. Wolff, and making disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements to Mr. Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company, knowing that they would be included in Mr. Wolff’s book and publicity surrounding the marketing and sale of his book.”
To protect himself from these sorts of statements, then-candidate Trump had his staff sign non-disclosure agreements that required them to refrain from uttering any disparaging comments about Trump and his family or the Trump campaign at large.
Although no dollar amount is stated, the letter adds:
“Remedies for your breach of the agreement include but are not limited to monetary damages, injunctive relief and all other remedies available at law and equity.”
The legal jargon continues with:
“Consent to Injunction. A breach of any of your promises or agreements under this agreement will cause the Company, Mr. Trump, and each other Trump Person irreparable harm. Accordingly, to the extent permitted by law, and without waiving any other rights or remedies against you at law or in equity, you hereby consent to the entry of any order, without prior notice to you, temporarily or permanently enjoining you from violating any of the terms, covenants, agreements or provisions of this agreement on your part to be performed or observed. Such consent is intended to apply to an injunction of any breach or threatened breach.”
At the same time Trump’s lawyers sent the letter, the president released the following statement about Bannon, trying to distance himself from his friend.
“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party,” the president said in a statement.