Ex-White House aide who wrote critical book sues Trump

Ex-White House aide who wrote critical book sues Trump

Former White House aide Cliff Sims - the author of a tell-all Team of Vipers - appeared on CNN Tuesday morning with his lawyer to explain why he's suing President Donald Trump, who he claims is attempting to silence him.

The lawsuit, filed this week in federal court in Washington, alleges Trump is using his campaign to enforce nondisclosure agreements with former aides. It adds that the federal government has "infringed upon Mr. Sims's First Amendment rights as a former federal employee and acted contrary to the interests of public policy".

"The Trump campaign's demand for arbitration is nothing but a subterfuge for the actions of the [federal government]", the suit claimed, according to the Times, and was "undertaken under express authorization and instruction, and certainly with the blessing of, President Trump". Moss noted that while Sims signed an NDA during the campaign, the additional one he signed in the White House is "unprecedented" for an administration.

In the 384-page book, "Team of Vipers", which went on sale late last month, Sims paints a portrait of a White House in the grips of dysfunction and recounts expletive-filled scenes of chaos and duplicity among the president, his family members and administration officials.

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Trump has dismissed Sims as a "low level staffer". "He pretended to be an insider when in fact he was nothing more than a gofer". "He signed a non-disclosure agreement".

Zaid asserts in the lawsuit that the U.S. government is "seeking to impose civil liability against Mr. Sims through application of NDAs that apply to information Mr. Sims learned exclusively during his federal service".

Trump has previously come under scrutiny for his use of NDAs to prevent current and former employees from speaking out against him.

"It's all about his 500 days in the White House", said Zaid. Trump's campaign, per the Times, had filed an arbitration claim against Sims earlier this month for allegedly violating the NDA he signed in 2016.

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