Former White House aide who wrote expose sues Donald Trump

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A former White House aide who penned a critical book about the Trump Administration is suing President Trump - claiming that he is using the campaign organization to silence ex-employees.

The suit argues that, "it is really the intense powers of the Presidency coming down" to silence Sims and wants a court injunction to block any nondisclosure agreements "that seek to unconstitutionally infringe upon (Sims') First Amendment rights".

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.

This story is still developing.

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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.

In a copy of the suit posted online by BuzzFeed News' Zoe Tillman, Sims alleges that Trump, "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". A Trump campaign spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.

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".

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

The White House had dozens of people sign such agreements at the beginning of the president's term. "He signed a non-disclosure agreement".

When Sims' book dropped last month, Trump attempted to discredit it by claiming that he "hardly knew" the former White House aide.

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

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