An ex-White House comms staffer is suing Trump, accusing him of using his campaign to go after former employees
“Team of Vipers” author and former White House communications aide Cliff Sims is suing the office of US President Donald Trump.
In the lawsuit, Sims says Trump is trying to silence him by enforcing a nondisclosure agreement he signed during the 2016 campaign.
Sims accuses Trump of selectively enforcing the nondisclosure agreements, highlighting that he did not target other former campaign and administration staffers who wrote books about their time in Trump’s orbit — including former press secretary Sean Spicer and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
Cliff Sims, the former White House staffer who wrote, “Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House,” is reportedly suing President Donald Trump, according to a The New York Times report published Monday.
In the lawsuit, Sims says Trump is trying to silence him by enforcing a nondisclosure agreement he signed during the 2016 campaign. According to the New York Times, the president’s campaign organization filed an arbitration claim against the author last week.
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Sims’ lawyer says the president, through his campaign organization is conducting its own campaign of retribution against unfavored former staffers that, if successful, will violate their rights to free speech.
Sims joined Trump’s presidential campaign in August 2016, “a role he parlayed into a special assistant to the President position before later serving as the director of White House message strategy,” INSIDER’s Anthony L. Fisher wrote ahead of an interview with the author.
Now, a little more than two years afger signing on with the president, Sims believes he is the target of US government “subterfuge” aimed at “silencing” White House critics.
The suit, available here in its entirety, was filed in Washington, DC, …read more
Source:: Business Insider