Author Cliff Sims: Suing Trump to Fight Being 'Bullied'

Sergio Conner
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' lawsuit, however, claims Trump's campaign is trying to silence Sims by trying to apply an NDA to "information Mr. Sims learned exclusively during his federal service", according to The New York Times.

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

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

But Zaid, citing "sources", charged the arbitration was filed on Trump's orders, thereby violating Sims' First Amendment protections, since the US 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. "He signed a non-disclosure agreement".

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Less than 20 minutes later, Glassner tweeted that the Trump campaign was "preparing to file suit against Cliff Sims for violating our NDA".

"It's our understanding from sources that the president was consulted and instructed the campaign should proceed with the arbitration", Zaid said.

According to Sims" lawsuit, the campaign later filed a demand for arbitration that seeks monetary damages, the return of materials from his tenure, and from making "disparaging statements" or "commenting further regarding "confidential' information derived from his time in the White House".

Sims says in the suit that he doesn't recall whether he signed a White House NDA, though, regardless, such NDAs are widely seen as unenforceable.

Sims told CNN he wasn't sure whether he had signed an NDA, but probably made the same agreements as other former aides who wrote tell-all books, including press secretary Sean Spicer and 2016 campaign officials Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie.

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