Ex-White House aide who wrote critical book sues Trump

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Cliff Sims, the former White House aide whose tell-all book "Team of Vipers" earned the President's ire and an arbitration claim from his campaign, has sued Trump in his official capacity as president for allegedly ordering or otherwise approving of that claim, The New York Times first reported Monday. 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".

"Mr. Sims was a White House aide from the beginning of the administration".

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

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.

It claims that the US government, "for the first time ever through the use of private surrogates, is seeking to unconstitutionally censor and punish a former federal employee for disclosing unclassified information outlining what he saw and observed during his time in the White House".

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The book garnered a critical reaction from the President, who tweeted, "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. He is a mess!"

Trump has had members of the administration and his campaign sign non-disclosure agreements, as revealed by Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who wrote a scathing book about her time working for Trump after she was sacked.

The Times reports that the lawsuit accuses Trump of using his campaign to punish him.

Zaid asserts in the lawsuit that the United States 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".

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