After Sims - the former director of White House message strategy and special assistant to the president - published a tell-all memoir about the Trump administration titled Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House last month, the president's campaign organization filed an arbitration claim accusing him of violating the terms of a nondisclosure agreement he signed during the 2016 presidential race.
But Zaid, citing "sources", charged the arbitration was filed on Trump's orders, thereby violating Sims' First Amendment protections, since the US government - in this case, the president - is prohibited by the Constitution from silencing federal employees once they leave office, unless it pertains to classified information. The lawsuit claims such actions "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".
The lawsuit, filed this week in federal court in Washington, alleges Trump is using his campaign to enforce nondisclosure agreements with former aides. A Trump campaign spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.
When Sims' book was released, Trump called Sims a "low-level staffer" and a "mess," after which Sims tweeted out pictures of himself and the president in the White House. In the suit, Mr. Sims says he does not recall whether he signed one when he came to the White House.
The Trump re-election campaign filed a private arbitration suit against Sims on January 31 over his book allegedly violating a non-disclosure agreement he signed upon joining the 2016 presidential bid.