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A breach in message discipline: Donald Trump sues staffer for $10 million, alleging media leaks

CLEVELAND -- As chairman Reince Priebus and the Republican National Committee on Wednesday welcomed top GOP leaders to the convention that will nominate Donald Trump as their presidential candidate, as they focused harsh attacks on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, here’s the news that hit from the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seeking $10 million in damages from a former senior campaign consultant, Sam Nunberg, alleging that Nunberg leaked confidential information to reporters in violation of a nondisclosure agreement.

In a court filing obtained by The Associated Press, Nunberg accuses Trump of trying to silence him "in a misguided attempt to cover up media coverage of an apparent affair" between senior campaign staffers. The document cited a New York Post story about a public quarrel between the staffers published last month.

The legal dispute reflects Trump's efforts to aggressively protect the secrecy of his campaign's inner workings. The case is spelled out in court documents that sought to block private arbitration proceedings that Trump initiated in May.

Clearly, with Trump as the Republican nominee, there’s no orchestration of a single message. It’s all an impromptu jazz session.

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