Former communications officer of the White House, Cliff Sims, whose new memoir Team of Vipers was released last month, is accusing President Trump.
In a lawsuit filed on Monday, Sims claims that Trump in his official capacity used his campaign as a & # 39; cutout & # 39; to wrongly pursue retaliation against former staff members, the New York Times reports.
Last week, the Trump campaign filed an arbitration claim against Sims, claiming to have breached the confidentiality agreement that he signed when he joined the 2016 presidential campaign in Trump. Many White House staff members had to sign non-announcement agreements, but Sims claims he can not remember if he signed one when he joined the administration in 2017.
As a result, the lawsuit claims that Trump's civil liability will impose against Mr. Sims by applying NDAs that apply to information that Mr. Sims learned exclusively during his federal service. & # 39;
The lawsuit also accuses Trump of not enforcing secrecy statements in the same way, stating how Trump tried to enforce it against former staff members like Omarosa Manigault Newman, but not others like the former White House secretary, Sean Spicer.
Manigault Newman published a book titled Unhinged: An Insider & # 39; s Account of the Trump White House last year, which caused Trump's indignation. However, Trump has not turned back on more flattering reports from the Trump White House, including Spicer's book called The Briefing: Politics, The Press and The President, that Trump praised and encouraged people to buy.
Likewise, the process claims that Trump's public statements indicate that he has a "contempt for so-called" all-in-one books "written by former federal officials and his desire to apply NDAs to those who are in to serve the White House. " government "violated Mr. Sims' First Amendment rights as a former federal employee and acted contrary to the interests of public policy."
As far as the book of the Sims is concerned, Trump tried it as a work of & # 39; fiction & # 39; to discredit.
"A low-level staff member whom I barely knew, named Cliff Sims, wrote another boring book based on fabricated stories and fiction," tweeted Trump. "He pretended to be an insider, when in fact he was nothing more than a contemplation."
The White House did not respond immediately to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner on the lawsuit.
Sims publisher has supported Sims and supports the lawsuit filed with a federal court in Washington.
"When presidents or their political campaigns try to keep a voice silent, it is especially important that we maintain our steadfast commitment to freedom of speech," said the St. Martin press in a statement. "Recent attempts to selectively prevent former government employees from speaking and writing about their experience as civil servants, asking for our audit, and illustrating how essential the First Amendment is for the preservation of democracy."