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Former Trump staffer worked at anti-Muslim legal group

Imagine2050 Staff • Jul 15, 2016

The staffer who previously held a high-level position at an anti-Muslim legal organization is now being sued by Trump for leaking confidential information.

News recently broke that Donald Trump is suing his former adviser Sam Nunberg for $10 million, alleging he violated a confidentiality agreement and leaked confidential information to reporters.

Nunberg was twice-fired from the Trump campaign, most recently after Business Insider published a report accusing him of posting racially charged and provocative statements on social media. Nunberg is reported to have used a racial slur to disparage Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter and to have called President Obama a “Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser.”

Before working on Trump’s campaign, Mr. Nunberg held a high-level position at a notorious anti-Muslim legal organization. He served as director of The Legal Project, a venture of Daniel Pipes’ Middle East Forum, from January 2012 through November 2014.

The Legal Project is most well known for providing legal aid and advice to far-right Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders when he was tried by a Dutch court in 2009 for allegedly inciting ethnic hatred and discrimination. The Legal Project claims it works to “protect the right in the West to freely discuss Islam, radical Islam, terrorism, and terrorist funding.”

The Middle East Forum is headed by Pipes, a longtime thought leader within the organized anti-Muslim movement in the United States. Pipes is known for his controversial positions, which include advocating for increased Muslim surveillance. The organization also funds other notorious anti-Muslim organizations including Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy and the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Bloomberg View reported in January that Trump and his foreign policy team had consulted with Pipes.

In a 2015 interview, Nunberg told Business Insider he does not “recall” posting the provocative tweets, and noted that he was not working for the Trump campaign at the time they were published.

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