President Trump sent a letter to Bannon on Wed, warning him that he is in violation of legal agreements from the campaign and continued disparaging comments about him and
Steve Bannon knows President Trump well enough to understand that a threat of legal action is not a bluff but a very real warning. Bannon was on the receiving end of a cease and desist letter sent on Wednesday by one of President Trump’s attorneys.
The letter accused Bannon of violating an agreement he signed during the 2016 campaign which prevented him from disparaging the President or his family or from disclosing privileged or confidential information.
The comments by Bannon that the actions of President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in the June 2016 meeting in Trump tower with Russian agent Natalia Veselnitskaya were “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” as well as others fit the definition of violations of the agreement.
In his letter, Trump attorney Charles Harder wrote, “Mr. Trump and the Company hereby demand that you cease and desist from any and all further disclosure of Confidential Information, disparagement of Mr. Trump, his family members, his or their companies, and/or the Company, and communication with the media, including but not limited to Mr. Wolff and any and all other journalists, reports, authors and bloggers.”
Harder stated that legal action would be forthcoming if Bannon failed to heed the warning. He wrote, “Mr. Trump and the Company retain all rights to pursue legal action against you. Should that occur, they would bring all available causes of action and seek all available legal and equitable remedies, including monetary damages, to the maximum extent permitted by law.”
Harder wrote in a separate statement that Mr. Bannon’s actions “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.” He warned, “Legal action is imminent.”
President Trump, as Bannon is aware, will fight back hard when he and his family are attacked. Regardless of his views or the sincerity with which they might be held, Mr. Bannon would do well to, at a minimum, seek the advice of his own legal counsel before tangling with the Trump legal machine.
There really seems to be no upside to becoming embroiled in a fight with the President, especially when the legal ground he’s standing on is at best, questionable. There is no prize to be claimed so why take the risk?
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