Ex-White House Aide Sues Trump Over Tell-All Book

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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.

A White House spokesman did not immediately return a request for 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. He said in the lawsuit that he does not recall if he also signed a non-disclosure agreement when he was hired to serve in the White House as a special assistant to the president. But those agreements are widely seen as likely unenforceable.

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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When Sims' book dropped last month, Trump attempted to discredit it by claiming that he "hardly knew" the former White House aide.

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Sims also asserts that Trump appears to have been arbitrarily enforcing nondisclosure agreements.

According to the lawsuit, Sims alleges that the USA government is "intentionally and unconstitutionally engaging in a subterfuge effort" to use Trump's campaign organization, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc to "silence" some former staffers.

"The Trump campaign's demand for arbitration is nothing but a subterfuge for the actions of the [federal government]", the suit claimed, according to the Times, and was "undertaken under express authorization and instruction, and certainly with the blessing of, President Trump".

In his interview with INSIDER, Sims described his book as unique among the current crop of White house tell-alls because he remains accountable.

"I wanted to stand up and say that I'm not going to be pushed into a corner, I'm not going to be bullied on this and stand up for myself", Sims said.

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