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Former White House aide Cliff Sims sues Trump

14 February 2019

Cliff Sims, the former White House aide whose tell-all book "Team of Vipers" earned the President's ire and an arbitration claim from his campaign, has sued Trump in his official capacity as president for allegedly ordering or otherwise approving of that claim, The New York Times first reported Monday.

Trump's campaign accused Sims last month of violating a nondisclosure agreement by publishing his book, Team of Vipers.

Sims was hired by the Trump campaign in September 2016, and signed a non-disclosure agreement that bars talking about "confidential" information and making disparaging remarks about the Trump campaign, Trump, and his family.

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

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The book garnered a critical reaction from the President, who tweeted, "A low level staffer that I hardly knew named Cliff Sims wrote yet another boring book based on made up stories and fiction".

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

Sims's lawsuit notes it does not seek to stop those proceedings, which it states will be handled separately.

Sims' lawyer Bradley Moss argued that former federal employees "cannot be censored" from speaking out about their time in the White House after leaving - if the information they divulge is not classified.

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

Shortly after, Sims fired back at the president, disproving his comments with multiple photos posted to social media that showed himself and Trump during their time together in the White House.

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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Former White House aide Cliff Sims sues Trump