Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Former White House aide Cliff Sims sues Trump

Former White House aide Cliff Sims sues Trump

Former White House communications aide Cliff Sims, who made headlines with his tell-all book Team of Vipers, is suing President Donald Trump, claiming the president uses his campaign organization to punish former employees for exercising free speech.

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

Michael Glassner, who leads the Trump campaign, did not immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment.

But Zaid, citing "sources", charged the arbitration was filed on Trump's orders, thereby violating Sims' First Amendment protections, since the USA government - in this case, the president - is prohibited by the Constitution from silencing federal employees once they leave office, unless it pertains to classified information. The lawsuit pointed out that the president attempted to enforce a nondisclosure agreement with former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman after she released a tell-all book about her experiences while serving the Trump administration but didn't do so when former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer dropped his book.


"It's our understanding from sources that the president was consulted and instructed the campaign should proceed with the arbitration", Zaid said.

Trump bashed Sims' book in a January 29 tweet, writing, "A low level staffer that I hardly knew named Cliff Sims wrote yet another boring book based on made up stories and fiction". Most legal experts say such agreements are not enforceable for public employees; nonetheless, dozens of White House aides have signed NDAs in exchange for working with Trump.

"The defendants seek to unlawfully penalize and impose a prior restraint upon Mr. Sims with respect to the publication and discussion of his book, "Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House. and any information he has learned as a result of serving as a federal employee", the complaint reads". He signed a nondisclosure agreement.

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