Judge blocks tell-all by Trump niece - for now

Lawrence Kim
July 1, 2020

President Trump's brother secured a court order Tuesday temporarily blocking the publication of a book by his and the President's niece.

On June 15, Mary Trump announced her upcoming book, "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man".

A NY judge has temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's niece from publishing a damning tell-all memoir about the First Family. The order sets the stage for more proceedings on the matter next month.

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

Robert filed a temporary restraining order and claims Mary's book violates an NDA she signed in 2001.

In a statement from Mary Trump's lawyer, Mr Boutrous said: "President Trump and his siblings are seeking to suppress a book that will discuss matters of utmost public importance".

Robert's Trump lawyer, Charles Harder, cheered the ruling, saying that "the actions of Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster are truly reprehensible". "Short of corrective action to immediately cease their egregious conduct, we will pursue this case to the very end".

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with a written agreement among family members who settled a dispute over Fred Trump's will that a book about them can not be published without their permission.

In promotional material for the book, the publisher said Mary Trump "shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world's health, economic security, and social fabric".

According to People, Donald's brother Robert filed a temporary restraining order against Mary and her publisher, Simon & Schuster.

"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", it said, referring to the barring of a book before publication.

Published accounts of the book's contents say it contains an "insider's perspective" of "countless holiday meals" and family interactions and family events, along with personal observations by Mary Trump, a psychologist, about her "supposedly toxic family", according to the court papers.

It's also expected to reveal her role as a primary source for the New York Times's investigation into the president's taxes, and to detail her claim that the family's mistreatment of her father, Fred Trump Jr., contributed to his early death.

The lawsuit states that when Trump's father Fred Trump died in 1999, there had been objections over the will.

Greenwald ruled the defendants must refrain from "publishing, printing or distributing" any copies of the book prior to a hearing slated 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.

The lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction to prevent the book's publication, a declaration from the court that publication would be in violation of the agreement, as well as unspecified damages and litigation costs.

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