Published: Thu, February 14, 2019

Former White House aide Cliff Sims is suing Trump

Former White House aide Cliff Sims is suing Trump

A former White House aide who penned an insider account about President Trump is now suing the president after Trump's lawyers filed an arbitration claim saying the book violated a nondisclosure agreement.

Sims, who served as a Trump campaign staffer then as an adviser to Mr. Trump for 15 months in the White House, is asking the courts to not enforce any non-disclosure agreements and stop the president and his associates from further attempting to penalize him.

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.

Trump has had members of the administration and his campaign sign non-disclosure agreements, as revealed by Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who wrote a scathing book about her time working for Trump after she was sacked. The lawsuit claims such actions "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".

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

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

Trump has previously come under scrutiny for his use of NDAs to prevent current and former employees from speaking out against him.

"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.

The Trump re-election campaign filed a private arbitration suit against Sims on January 31 over his book allegedly violating a non-disclosure agreement he signed upon joining the 2016 presidential bid.

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