A former White House aide who wrote a book about his time in the Trump administration is suing President Donald Trump.
Cliff Sims, who served as director of White House message strategy, is arguing that the president used his campaign as “a private surrogate” for the federal government in an effort to get retribution on him and prevent him from invoking First Amendment rights, per The Hill.
Trump’s campaign organization filed an arbitration claim against Sims last week, accusing him of violating a NDA by writing about his time in the White House in the book, “Team of Vipers.”
Sims filed the lawsuit in a federal court in Washington, D.C., on Monday. The former aide said that he couldn’t recall if he signed a nondisclosure agreement when he joined the administration.
According to The Hill, Slims accuses Trump of “seeking to impose civil liability against Sims through application of NDAs that apply to information Mr. Sims learned solely during his federal service.”
Sims also accused Trump of being selective in regards to enforcing nondisclosure agreements. The suit says that Trump enforced the agreement following Omarosa Manigault Newman’s book, but he did not seek to enforce it when former press secretary Sean Spicer released a book.
Sims’ book prompted outrage from President Trump the week it was published.
“A low level staffer that I hardly knew named Cliff Sims wrote yet another boring book based on made up stories and fiction,” Trump tweeted on Jan. 29. “He pretended to be an insider when in fact he was nothing more than a gofer.”