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

Former White House aide Cliff Sims is suing President Donald Trump for improperly going after him over his new book about the Trump administration.

Sims alleges that Trump is using the organization as a "cutout" to seek revenge against former employees of the White House who go public with their stories, the paper said.

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.

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".

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. In the following days, the Trump campaign announced that it had begun arbitration proceedings against Sims.

"He pretended to be an insider when in fact he was nothing more than a gofer", Trump said in the tweet.

Shortly after, Sims fired back at the president, disproving his comments with multiple photos posted to social media that showed himself and Trump during their time together in the White House. "He signed a non-disclosure agreement".

The chief operating officer of the Trump campaign tweeted in late January that it was "preparing to file suit against Cliff Sims for violating our NDA".

Sims' lawyer Bradley Moss argued that former federal employees "cannot be censored" from speaking out about their time in the White House after leaving - if the information they divulge is not classified.

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