Sims Sues Trump For Allegedly Approving Campaign's NDA Claim Against Him

Cliff Sims

Former White House aide Cliff Sims - the author of a tell-all Team of Vipers - appeared on CNN Tuesday morning with his lawyer to explain why he's suing President Donald Trump, who he claims is attempting to silence him.

It's not clear whether a campaign nondisclosure would apply to Sims' time working as a federal employee.

Michael Glassner, who leads the Trump campaign, did not immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment.

In Sims' lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Washington D.C. on Monday, the former White House staffer argued that Trump utilized his campaign organization as a "private surrogate" for the federal government in order to restrict his First Amendment rights, reported the New York Times.

It claims that the USA government, "for the first time ever through the use of private surrogates, is seeking to 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".

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"A low level staffer that I hardly knew named Cliff Sims wrote yet another boring book based on made up stories and fiction", the president tweeted.

"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.

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

The chief operating officer of the Trump campaign tweeted in late January that it was "preparing to file suit against Cliff Sims for violating our NDA".

"The defendants seek to unlawfully penalize and impose a prior restraint upon Mr. Sims with respect to the publication and discussion of his book, "Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House. and any information he has learned as a result of serving as a federal employee", the complaint reads".

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