Ex-White Home aide sues Trump

Ex-White Home aide sues Trump

Former White House communications aide and "Team of Vipers" author Cliff Sims is suing President Trump and the federal government, claiming the president and his administration are "intentionally" and "unconstitutionally" trying to silence him.

In his lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Sims argues that the federal government is seeking to penalize "his First Amendment right to disclose unclassified information regarding which he learned during his tenure as a federal employee".

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".

POLITICO previously reported that Trump was incensed by Sims' book, with several current and former White House officials having described the president as "very pissed off" and "really hopping mad" upon reading early excerpts and leaks of its text.

Sims' lawyer says the president, through his campaign organization is conducting its own campaign of retribution against unfavored former staffers that, if successful, will violate their rights to free speech.

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In a tweet that came as the tell-all was hitting bookstores, Trump called Sims "a low level staffer that I hardly knew" and said his book was "based on made up stories and fiction".

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Sims accuses Trump of selectively enforcing the nondisclosure agreements, highlighting that he did not target other former campaign and administration staffers who wrote books about their time in Trump's orbit - including former press secretary Sean Spicer and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

About 20 minutes later, Trump campaign chief operating officer Michael Glassner tweeted the campaign was "preparing to file suit against Cliff Sims". 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. "He signed a non-disclosure agreement".

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