REP LIEU STATEMENT ON WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS SIGNING NON DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS

March 19, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Washington Post reported that senior White House officials were allegedly forced into signing lengthy Non-Disclosure Agreements. In 2017, Reps. Lieu and Don Beyer (D-VA) released a resource guide for federal employees who wish to safely and responsibly share information to agency inspectors general and the press.

“The President is clearly paranoid. If it’s true that he made senior White House staff sign NDAs, we can probably guess they’re privy to information of public interest. Fortunately, a slapdash NDA like this one is unlikely to be enforceable.

Regardless, this move is an affront to government transparency. Whistleblowers should be encouraged to come forward with accounts of governmental misconduct without fear of retaliation. Public scrutiny is often a critical defense against corruption. A strong government with strong leadership should be willing to conduct their business out in the open. As a Member of Congress, my job is to conduct oversight of the federal government—a task made impossible by forced secrecy. ”

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