Sunday, 12 July, 2020

Judge temporarily blocks tell-all book by Trump’s niece

Mary Trump's Memoir Tell-All Book by Trump’s Niece Temporarily Blocked by US Judge Screenshot Courtesy of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Adrian Cunningham | 01 July, 2020, 06:54

A NY judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the publication of an unflattering tell-all book written by US President Trump's niece that Simon & Schuster is set to publish in July.

Robert Trump, the president's brother, filed a suit last week in NY in Queens County Surrogate court, where the estate of the president's father, Fred Trump Sr., was settled after his death in 1999. The book, written by the daughter of Fred Trump Jr., the president's deceased older brother, is already charting at number four on Amazon's best-seller list.

The book, "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man", which is due to be published on July 28, will include purported psychological observations about the author's "toxic" family, according to the lawsuit.

A previous attempt by Robert Trump to block the book was dismissed in a different NY court last week. "Trump-File-No. -1999-3949-A-002.pdf" target="_blank">"suffer from several improprieties." .

Robert's Trump lawyer, Charles Harder, cheered the ruling, saying that "the actions of Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster are truly reprehensible".

But Mary Trump's attorney, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr, has maintained that the restraining order is only temporary and that they will "immediately" appeal the decision.

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Boutrous called the order "a prior restraint on core political speech that flatly violates the First Amendment".

"We plan to immediately appeal this decision to the Appellate Division, and look forward to prevailing in this case based on well-established precedents regarding prior restraint", the publisher said, according to the news outlet.

In court papers, Robert Trump maintained Mary Trump was part of a settlement almost two decades ago that included a confidentiality clause explicitly saying they would not "publish any account concerning the litigation or their relationship", unless they all agreed. Robert Trump alleges that publication of the book is a violation of a nondisclosure agreement the family signed when settling the estate of Robert and Donald Trump's father.

In an interview with Axios on June 22, the president claimed that Mary Trump is "not allowed to write a book". She and her brother Fred III said in court papers that someone in or connected to the Trump family got Fred Sr.to change his will and give them less than they expected.

"I have a brother, Robert, very good guy, and he's - he's very angry about it", the president added.

"This is a civil action by the United States to prevent Defendant John R. Bolton, a former National Security Advisor, from compromising national security by publishing a book containing classified information - in clear breach of agreements he signed as a condition of his employment and as a condition of gaining access to highly classified information and in clear breach of the trust placed within him by the United States Government", read part of the 27-page court filing with the US District Court in DC.