Former White House aide Cliff Sims is suing 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.

It's not clear whether a campaign nondisclosure would apply to Sims' time working as a federal employee.

For that reason, Sims is suing Trump in his capacity as president, not the campaign itself.

Michael Glassner, who leads the Trump campaign, did not immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment.

"Upon information and belief", the suit claims, "President Trump is directing, authorizing and/or otherwise approving substantive decisions of the Trump Campaign that are governmental in nature and for the purposes of concealing [Trump's] involvement in order to silence Mr. Sims in a manner that would otherwise be unavailable under existing First Amendment case law".

In the 384-page book, "Team of Vipers", which went on sale late last month, Sims paints a portrait of a White House in the grips of dysfunction and recounts expletive-filled scenes of chaos and duplicity among the president, his family members and administration officials.

Sims also asserts that Trump appears to have been arbitrarily enforcing nondisclosure agreements.

When Sims' book dropped last month, Trump attempted to discredit it by claiming that he "hardly knew" the former White House aide. "He pretended to be an insider when in fact he was nothing more than a gofer. He is a mess!"

Trump has had members of the administration and his campaign sign non-disclosure agreements, as revealed by Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who wrote a scathing book about her time working for Trump after she was sacked.

Sims's lawsuit notes it does not seek to stop those proceedings, which it states will be handled separately. On Monday, former White House aide Cliff Sims filed a lawsuit accusing Trump of improperly going after him over his newly released tell-all book "Team of Vipers".

Sims says in the suit that he doesn't recall whether he signed a White House NDA, though, regardless, such NDAs are widely seen as unenforceable.

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