NY Court Blocks Trump Niece From Publishing Her Book

Carla Harmon
July 2, 2020

The order prohibits Mary Trump and the publisher from distributing any version of the book or release any portion of it "in any medium containing descriptions or accounts" of her relationships with the president and his family.

A judge on Tuesday granted Robert Trump, US President Donald Trump's younger brother, a restraining order which temporarily blocks the publication of a book by the president's niece, Mary Trump, titled "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man".

Mary Trump's attorney Theodore Boutrous Jr., in a statement, said she will appeal the decision.

"Short of corrective action to immediately cease their egregious conduct, we will pursue this case to the very end", Harder, who has a reputation for his aggressive litigative approach, said.

The president's brother, Robert Trump, is attempting to stop the publication of Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man, which is due for publication by Simon & Schuster on 28 July.

The appeals ruling, written by Judge Alan D. Scheinkman, left in place restraints against Mary Trump, the book's author and the president's niece, after the president's brother, Robert Trump, said she agreed with family members not to write about their relationships without permission. "We will immediately appeal", Boutrous said.

A spokesperson for Simon & Schuster said the publisher was "gratified" by the decision.

"We are disappointed that the Court has granted this Temporary Restraining Order", the publishing house said in a statement.

A description of the book from the publisher suggests it will draw heavily on her studies of family dysfunction, with Mary, who is 55, using her clinical background as a psychologist to dissect "a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse", including "the unusual and harmful relationship between" her late father and Donald Trump. The NDA prevents her from writing about any private family affairs, according to the suit.

Using her background as a clinical psychologist, Mary Trump explores the "nightmare of traumas" within the Trump family in the book, according to the publisher.

But he noted that "while parties are free to enter into confidentiality agreements, courts are not necessarily obligated to specifically enforce them". The dispute was settled confidentially in 2001, and Robert Trump cited that agreement in saying Mary Trump had agreed not to publish anything about the family.

Simon & Schuster said in a filing on Tuesday that it had not been aware of the terms of the settlement, but it said that it still had the right to publish the book without prior restraint.

In his ruling, Greenwald did not discuss the specifics of the arguments of either side.

"To take the unprecedented action of enjoining the publication of this Book, even temporarily, would interfere with Simon & Schuster's constitutionally protected rights and its mission to inform the American public about newsworthy topics", he said. A hearing was set for July 10. He said it will be up to Mary Trump and the publisher to show why an order to block the book should not be made.

On May 25, Judge Peter Kelly of the Queens County Surrogate's Court in NY rejected Robert Trump's attempt to prevent the tell-all's publication, saying that his filings

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