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Congressional Staffers Secretly Worked for Trump Under NDAs

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

According to congressional sources who spoke to Politico, congressional Republican staffers secretly helped the Trump Regime draft their disastrous Muslim ban and, most preposterously, they reportedly signed non-disclosure agreements with the transition team that prohibited them from talking to their bosses about it.

The work of the committee aides began during the transition period after the election and before Donald Trump was sworn in. The staffers signed nondisclosure agreements, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Trump's transition operation forced its staff to sign these agreements, but it would be unusual to extend that requirement to congressional employees.

I may be a legal layman, but I know enough to know there's no way this is legal. A non-disclosure agreement between congressional staffers and the executive branch would be tossed out even if you handed it to the most conservative federal judge in the country.

Politico describes these staffers as the "most experienced staffers when it comes to immigration policy" which certainly doesn't bode well for congressional Republicans given the calamity we witnessed over the weekend. Their supposedly best staffers wrote an executive order that prohibited permanent, legal residents from entering the country; people who've lived and worked here for many years. Their order has been deemed unconstitutional by every federal judge who's seen it so far.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan refused to answer questions about this report this morning.

  • muselet

    I’d have thought getting blindsided by not only the new administration but their own staffers would make congressional Rs leery at best of dealing with Donald Trump and the three-ring circus that is his inner circle.

    I’d have been wrong.

    And if the “most experienced staffers” helped assemble that garbage fire of an EO, holy moly. Time for the Rs to find new, competent aides.

    Meanwhile, among the Trump voters

    –alopecia

  • fry1laurie

    Dear Congresspersons who helped with this BS,
    You don’t work for pResident Drumpf, you work for you constituents, the American people. Period.

    Non-disclosure agreements by Congresspersons should be outlawed as violations of Sunshine Laws.

  • Aynwrong

    Wouldn’t an NDA under these circumstances be rendered moot as soon as someone made a FOIA request?

    Oh and just to point out the obvious, this was brought to us by *sigh*

    The Party Of Limited Government®

    • ninjaf

      I am not sure, since they are clear to point out that the work was done after election day but before inauguration.

      • Aynwrong

        Wait, the EO was written in between those two dates and they’ve just been sitting on it the whole time?

        • ninjaf

          That’s what it sounds like to me.

  • Ellen Kuhlmann

    If I were Congress, all those staffers would be out of a job. Its one thing to work for the Executive branch, another if they do it in secret behind the backs of their bosses. Unless it wasn’t really secret.

  • Username1016

    If any staffer of mine had pulled a stunt like that, he’d be out on his little pink ear two minutes later. With a scorcher of a bad reference.

  • If President Obama had done anything like this . . . oh, boy, the head explosions would have been epic.

    Hypocrites.

  • Scopedog

    So the right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing.

    Turns out the GOP is about to discover (yet again) that Trump has tossed them over the fence and given them the business under Bannon’s orders.

    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan refused to answer questions about this report this morning.

    Of course….because he’s a spineless sack of shit with a stupid grin plastered over his face.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/53ec2a9310993cff2866ed5dbc6c922ecd494ed9054398a0f5115ff5804ff0e2.gif

    • muselet

      To be pedantic—and to make a weak joke—the right hand didn’t know what the far-right hand was doing. *rimshot*

      –alopecia