Appearing on his own Fox Nation show "Liberty File," Fox News Network's legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano hammered President Donald Trump for forcing former aides to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDA) as a violation of their First Amendment rights.
Former White House communications aide Cliff Sims, who is hawking his bestseller Team of Vipers, has counter-sued the president "in his official capacity” for allowing his campaign officials to sue him for breaking his NDA with his book.
Judge Napolitano used his Fox pulpit to come down on the side of Sims.
“Here is the problem for the president: While the campaign is not subject to the First Amendment, the White House clearly is,” Napolitano explained. “Even if Sims did sign an NDA at the White House, the First Amendment prevents the government from enforcing it. And, in fact, several government statutes protect whistleblowers.”
Napolitano then added a cautionary note for all presidents:
“If presidents can use legal artifices to punish the speech they hate and fear, they’re no longer presidents of a free society,” he concluded. “They are princes in an empire.”
Watch the video below via Fox Nation: