Cliff Sims, the former White House staff member who wrote "Vipers Team: My 500 Extraordinary Days in Trump's White House," reportedly denounced President Donald Trump, according to a New York Times report released Monday.
In the lawsuit, Sims says Trump is trying to silence him by enforcing a confidentiality agreement he signed during the 2016 campaign. According to the New York Times, the president's campaign organization filed an arbitration complaint against the author last week. .
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Sims' lawyer says that the president, through his campaign organization, is conducting his own campaign of retribution against former disadvantaged employees who, if successful, will violate their rights to freedom of expression.
Sims joined Trump's presidential campaign in August 2016, "a role he played in a special assistant position for the position of President, and then he was director of the White House message strategy," wrote Anthony L. Fisher of INSIDER before an interview with the author.
Now, just over two years after signing with the president, Sims believes that it is the goal of the "subterfuge" of the US government. UU Destined to "silence" the critics of the White House.
The lawsuit, available here in its entirety, was filed in Washington, DC, on Monday and will seek a judicial appeal against the confidentiality agreements that Sims says are being handled by the White House in a punitive manner that the lawsuit says is being targeted selectively. to former Trump employees, depending on how they paint the image of their time in Trump's orbit.
Trump commented publicly on Sims' book. on January 29.
The demand clearly aims to highlight the selective use by the president of confidentiality agreements.
Trump beat his long-time employee and longtime protégé Omarosa Manigault Newman with unrevealed infractions when he published an unfavorable account of his days at the Trump White House.
And then there's Sean Spicer, the former press secretary and the man who will go down in history for falsely declaring that the president got "the largest audience that has ever witnessed an inauguration, period." Spicer's book saved the execution of non-disclosure agreements.
According to the lawsuit, Sims alleges that the US government UU He is "intentionally and unconstitutionally involved in a subterfuge effort" to use Trump's campaign organization, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., to "silence" some former employees.
The lawsuit argues that, "it is actually the intense powers of the Presidency that go down" to silence the Sims and want a court order to block any nondisclosure agreement "that seeks to unconstitutionally violate First Amendment rights (of the Sims) ".
In his interview with INSIDER, Sims described his book as unique among the current White House ad campaign because he remains responsible. "I'm willing to put my name to these things, you can read some of these other books and see what the anonymous sources say and you do not know who they are, I'm here, my name is in the dangerous thing," Sims said.
In a statement to The Times, the Sims publishing house, St. Martin's Press, expressed its support for the author.
"Recent attempts to selectively prevent former government employees from speaking and writing about their experience as public officials demand our scrutiny, and illustrate how essential the First Amendment is to the preservation of democracy," the editor wrote.