Former White House aide who wrote exposé sues Trump

Clay Curtis
February 14, 2019

A former White House aide who penned a critical book about the Trump Administration is suing President Trump - claiming that he is using the campaign organization to silence ex-employees.

Sims joined Trump's presidential campaign in August 2016, "a role he parlayed into a special assistant to the President position before later serving as the director of White House message strategy", INSIDER's Anthony L. Fisher wrote ahead of an interview with the author. But those agreements are widely seen as likely unenforceable.

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.

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For that reason, Sims is suing Trump in his capacity as president, not the campaign itself.

About 20 minutes later, Trump campaign chief operating officer Michael Glassner tweeted the campaign was "preparing to file suit against Cliff Sims".

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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.

"This action seeks to permanently enjoin the Defendants from silencing Mr. Sims with respect to any information he learned during his tenure as a federal employee, and any legal rights and protections therefrom that may necessarily flow", the court document reads.

"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.

Trump has dismissed Sims as a "low level staffer".

"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". "He signed a non-disclosure agreement".

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

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