Cliff Sims, White House Tell-All Author, Sues Trump for Going After Him Over Book

Cliff Sims, the former White House communications aide who wrote an insider account of life working for President Trump, is usually suing the president in his official capacity, alleging that will he used his campaign organization as a “cutout” to improperly seek retribution against former employees along with keep them coming from invoking their First Amendment rights.

Mr. Sims was a White House aide coming from the beginning of the administration. although the item was the campaign organization that will filed an arbitration claim against him last week, accusing him of violating the nondisclosure agreement he signed with the item during the 2016 presidential race with the publication of his book, “Team of Vipers,” last month.

The White House had dozens of people sign such agreements at the beginning of the president’s term. although those agreements are widely seen as likely unenforceable. inside the suit, Mr. Sims says he does not recall whether he signed one when he came to the White House.

Mr. Sims’s lawsuit alleges that will Mr. Trump “is usually seeking to impose civil liability against Mr. Sims through application of NDAs that will apply to information Mr. Sims learned solely during his federal service.”

Mr. Trump was slow to react to “Team of Vipers.” although the president became increasingly angry about the book, which confirmed much of the real-time reporting about chaos at the White House along with which included some less-than-flattering anecdotes about the president.

“A low level staffer that will I hardly knew named Cliff Sims wrote yet another boring book based on made up stories along with fiction,” Mr. Trump tweeted at one point. “He pretended to be an insider when in fact he was nothing more than a gofer.”

The suit notes that will Mr. Trump appears to be selective in enforcing the nondisclosure agreements. For instance, the item says, he attempted to enforce the item against Omarosa Manigault Newman, whose book also infuriated him, although he did not do so against Sean Spicer, or Corey Lewandowski along with David Bossie, three former aides who wrote books that will the president found flattering along with therefore not objectionable.

The suit says Mr. Trump has made clear in his public comments that will he includes a “disdain of so-called ‘tell-all books’ written by former federal officials along with his desire to apply NDAs to those who serve inside the White House.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly used the threat of arbitration over the nondisclosure agreements to silence former aides. the item has not always been successful: One former aide, Sam Nunberg, succeeded in a counterclaim when Mr. Trump tried to enforce the agreement during the 2016 campaign, along with the dispute was settled.

The suit, filed in Federal District Court in Washington on Monday by Mark Zaid, a lawyer experienced in legal fights with the federal government, is usually the first coming from a former employee to allege that will Mr. Trump is usually trying to circumvent standard practices about former employees who use unclassified information in their books, along with to seek retribution that will could not otherwise be available to him through the federal government.

“The Trump campaign’s demand for arbitration is usually nothing although a subterfuge for the actions of the” federal government, the suit alleges, along with was “undertaken under express authorization along with instruction, along with certainly with the blessing of, President Trump.”

the item continues, “These actions sufficiently along with constructively qualify as state action for purposes of First Amendment jurisdictional authority.” the item adds that will the federal government has “infringed upon Mr. Sims’s First Amendment rights as a former federal employee along with acted contrary to the interests of public policy.”

In a statement, Mr. Sims’s publishing house, St. Martin’s Press, said the item supported the lawsuit.

“When presidents or their political campaigns seek to silence a voice, the item is usually especially important that will we maintain our steadfast commitment to free speech,” the statement said. “Recent attempts to selectively prevent former government employees coming from speaking along with writing about their experience as public servants call for our scrutiny, along with illustrate how essential the First Amendment is usually to the preservation of democracy.”