ACLU: Trump nondisclosure agreements for White House staffers are 'unconstitutional'
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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE on Monday following reports that he made White House staffers sign nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) forbidding them from discussing their time in the administration. 

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Trump required his staff to sign the agreements, which extend past his presidency. 

Ben Wizner, the director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, ripped the report on Sunday. 


“Public employees can’t be gagged by private agreements. These so-called NDAs are unconstitutional and unenforceable,” Wizner said in a statement.  

The agreements were similar to those signed by staffers during Trump's presidential campaign and transition. 

Some staffers were reportedly hesitant to sign, but were pressured to do so by then-chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusMulvaney poised to become permanent White House chief of staff: report DNC decision to shut out Fox News hurts Democratic candidates and Americans The five Trump communications directors who have come and gone MORE and the White House counsel. 

A draft of the original agreement penalized staffers with a $10 million fine, to be paid to the federal government, if they shared confidential information. 

But that original figure was most likely lowered, according to the Post.