Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Ex-White Home aide sues Trump

Ex-White Home aide 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.

CNN has reached out to the White House for comment on the lawsuit.

Sims was hired by the Trump campaign in September 2016, and signed a non-disclosure agreement that bars talking about "confidential" information and making disparaging remarks about the Trump campaign, Trump, and his family. But those agreements are widely seen as likely unenforceable.

His book, which is now No. 3 on the New York Times' nonfiction bestseller list, describes the chaotic nature of the White House, although perhaps not in as scathing terms as other tell-alls.

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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.

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. Spicer's book was spared the enforcement of nondisclosure agreements. "I'm right here. My name's on the dang thing", Sims 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". "He signed a non-disclosure agreement".

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Sims' lawsuit charges the government is using a private surrogate to "serve as an illegitimate cutout" and impose liability through the nondisclosure agreement.

"My first amendment rights as a government employee can not be infringed upon by an NDA", Sims told CNN's John Berman.

"It's just that I have a First Amendment right to tell the truth".

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