Judge Blocks Release of Tell-All Book by Trump’s Niece, Mary

Brenda Watkins
July 2, 2020

A judge in NY has temporarily blocked the publication of Mary Trump's book about President Trump and his family.

Greenwald in Poughkeepsie, New York, issued an order requiring the niece, Mary Trump, and her publisher to explain why they should not be blocked from publishing the book: "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man".

Robert Trump has sought to block the book by Mary Trump, the President's niece, contending it violates a confidentiality agreement related to the estate of the President's father, Fred Trump.

"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 order leaves it uncertain whether the book will be published as scheduled on July 28.

In a statement, Simon and Schuster said it was gratified with the ruling, which it said would let Mary Trump tell her story.

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

In court papers filed Tuesday night, the publisher's lawyers said thousands of the 75,000 copies of the book that have been printed have already been shipped to sellers.

"This book, which addresses matters of great public concern and importance about a sitting president in an election year, should not be suppressed even for one day", he told the newspaper.

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"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. 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.

He ordered that the parties present their arguments on July 10 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The restraining order bars Mary Trump and the publisher from distributing any version of the book or any portion of it "in any medium containing descriptions or accounts" of Mary Trump's relationships with the president or his brother.

"Unlike Ms. Trump, Simon & Schuster has not agreed to surrender or relinquish any of its First Amendment rights".

Simon & Schuster said in court documents that it be unconstitutional to stop publication and that it was unaware that Mary Trump had signed a nondisclosure agreement with her family.

The lawsuit claims that under the terms of the family members' agreement regarding Fred Trump's will, in the event she violates the agreement Mary Trump consents to an injunction.

They noted that the shipping schedule was set far in advance of the court action and was not expedited because of it and that Simon & Schuster had provided multiple booksellers with key information about the book and some of them have published it.

Robert Trump had originally filed his petition in Queens County Surrogate's Court, but a judge rejected the request on grounds that the court did not have jurisdiction. It is also expected to include claims by Mary Trump that she was the main source behind a 2018 New York Times piece on the president's taxes.

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