The former White House communications aide filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Monday, alleging the commander-in-chief is trying to infringe on his free speech rights by issuing a legal threat over his tell-all book about the administration. According to Sims" lawsuit, the campaign later filed a demand for arbitration that seeks monetary damages, the return of materials from his tenure, and from making "disparaging statements" or "commenting further regarding "confidential' information derived from his time in the White House".
The Trump campaign's arbitration claim, filed on January 31, says that Sims violated a nondisclosure agreement by disparaging the president in a book and by keeping notes during his time in The White House. The lawsuit pointed out that the president attempted to enforce a nondisclosure agreement with former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman after she released a tell-all book about her experiences while serving the Trump administration but didn't do so when former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer dropped his book. But those agreements are widely seen as likely unenforceable.
For that reason, Sims is suing Trump in his capacity as president, not the campaign itself.
Now, a little more than two years afger signing on with the president, Sims believes he is the target of U.S. government "subterfuge" aimed at "silencing" White House critics.
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A Lufthansa spokesperson tells Yahoo Lifestyle, "We presently can not comment on this issue, as it is an ongoing court case". However, that suit was thrown out by an IL judge, who said the district didn't have jurisdiction over the issue.
Trump's campaign, per the Times, had filed an arbitration claim against Sims earlier this month for allegedly violating the NDA he signed in 2016. "I'm right here. My name's on the dang thing", Sims said.
Trump dismissed Sims' book in a tweet, calling the author "a low level staffer that I hardly knew", and claiming the book was "made up stories and fiction". "He pretended to be an insider when in fact he was nothing more than a gofer". He signed a nondisclosure agreement.
"Recent attempts to selectively prevent former government employees from speaking and writing about their experience as public servants call for our scrutiny, and illustrate how essential the First Amendment is to the preservation of democracy", the publisher wrote.