President Donald Trump’s angry break with his former chief strategist Steve Bannon escalated Wednesday night with a threat of a “imminent” legal action.
A private lawyer representing Trump sent a cease-and-desist letter to Bannon, arguing he violated an employment agreement with the Trump Organization when he spoke to author Michael Wolff for a new scathing book about the presidency.
Bannon is quoted describing, among other things, a Trump Tower meeting during the campaign between Donald Trump Jr.; Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law; and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”
Bannon’s comments to the writer “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,” Trump’s lawyer wrote in the letter. “Legal action is imminent.”
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