Former White House aide sues Trump after attack over tell-all book

Former White House aide who wrote expose sues Trump

Former White House aide who wrote expose sues Trump

Cliff Sims, a former White House communications staffer who wrote the recent tell-all about his tenure called "Team of Vipers", defended a lawsuit he filed against President Donald Trump as a way to defend his "First Amendment right to tell the truth".

Sims claims that Trump is attempting to take away his first amendment rights.

Sims joined Trump's presidential campaign in August 2016, "a role he parlayed into a special assistant to the President position before later serving as the director of White House message strategy", INSIDER's Anthony L. Fisher wrote ahead of an interview with the author.

The Trump campaign's arbitration claim, filed on January 31, says that Sims violated a nondisclosure agreement by disparaging the president in a book and by keeping notes during his time in The White House.

The suit, available here in its entirety, was filed in Washington, DC, on Monday and will seek an injunction against the nondisclosure agreements that Sims says are being punitively wielded by a White House that the lawsuit says selectively targets former Trump staffers, depending on how they paint the picture of their time in Trump's orbit.

This story is still developing.

For that reason, Sims is suing Trump in his capacity as president, not the campaign itself.

Zaid asserts in the lawsuit that the USA 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". A Trump campaign spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.

Trump has dismissed Sims as a "low level staffer". In the following days, the Trump campaign announced that it had begun arbitration proceedings against Sims. He signed a nondisclosure agreement.

Sims signed an NDA during his time working for the Trump campaign but does not know whether he signed an additional White House agreement regarding "confidential" information, according to the lawsuit, which states that Sims is operating under the assumption that he did sign such a document.

The lawsuit seeks a declaration that Sims has a right to disclose non-classified information from his stint on Trump's White House team.

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