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

Carla Harmon
July 1, 2020

A NY state judge has temporarily blocked the publication of President Trump's niece Mary's new tell-all book, pending the outcome of a hearing set to take place next month.

Using that background, she explores the "nightmare of traumas" within the Trump family, according to the publisher. "She explains how specific events and general family patterns created the damaged man who now occupies the Oval Office". 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 first attempt, in Queens Surrogate's Court where the estate of the president's father was settled, failed when the judge said the outcome would not affect the administration of the estate "one iota".

Lawyer Ted Boutros called the order in a NY supreme court in Dutchess county a "restraint on core political speech that flatly violates the first amendment" and said: "We will immediately appeal".

"The actions of Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster are truly reprehensible", lawyer Charles Harder wrote. The Trump family's argument, in short, is likely to be that Mary L. Trump restrained herself by signing those agreements and can not easily escape them now that her uncle is the president. "We look forward to vigorously litigating this case, and will seek the maximum remedies available by law for the enormous damages caused by Mary Trump's breach of contract and Simon & Schuster's intentional interference with that contract". "Short of corrective action to immediately cease their egregious conduct, we will pursue this case to the very end", Harder said in a statement.

"The notion that seven members of the Trump family each mutually agreed to be gagged forever from speaking out about their "family relationships" is absurd", said Mary Trump's lawyer, Theodore Boutrous. Mary Trump was slated to publish the book on July 28.

Robert Trump argues Mary Trump must comply with a written agreement among family members who settled a dispute over Fred Trump's will that a book about them can not be published without their permission.

"The trial court's temporary restraining order is only temporary but it still is a prior restraint on core political speech that flatly violates the First Amendment", Boutrous said.

"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.

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

This is an appeal from an order prohibiting Simon & Schuster, Inc. 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.

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