Judge Lifts Injunction on Publisher of Tell-All Book by Trump’s Niece

Clay Curtis
July 2, 2020

A NY judge narrowed a temporary injunction against the publisher for President Trump's niece, Mary Trump's, tell-all memoir that the president's younger brother has tried to block from being published later this month.

The ruling issued Wednesday allows publisher Simon & Schuster to print and distribute the 240-page book by Mary Trump, who dubs the United States president "the world's most risky man".

In a statement, Mary Trump's attorney Ted Boutrous said the lifting of the prior restraint against the publisher was "very good news".

The book, titled "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man", has already ascended to the top of bestseller lists based on pre-sales, underscoring the intense interest in a rare insider account by a member of the Trump family.

The president's brother Robert Trump had asked for the restraining order, arguing that Mary was violating a non-disclosure agreement signed in 2001 after the settlement over the estate of Fred Trump - the father of Donald and Robert and of Mary's father Fred Trump Jr.

Scheinkman's ruling leaves in place restraints against Mary Trump and any of her agents, blocking them from publishing, printing, or distributing the book, pending the hearing of lawyers for Robert Trump's motion for a preliminary injunction.

Harder applauded the Tuesday decision, noting that "Robert Trump is very pleased with the New York Supreme Court's injunction against Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster" and adding that "the actions of Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster are truly reprehensible", the Daily Beast reported.

The only basis offered by the plaintiff to extend the temporary restraining order to S&S are the allegations that S&S "intends to act" on Ms. Trump's behalf in causing the publication of the book and that S&S is acting at Ms. Trump's direction and in concert with her.

Mary Trump's tell-all book may hit bookstore shelves, despite a legal attempt to block the book from being published, The Washington Post reports.

"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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Robert Trump's lawyer did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.

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

Karp disclosed that Simon & Schuster had already printed approximately 75,000 copies of the book.

After that case was dismissed, Robert Trump took his case before the New York State Supreme Court.

"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", he said.

According to the publisher the book "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".

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, the court papers said.

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

Mary Trump is the daughter of Donald Trump's elder brother Fred Trump Jr, who died in 1981.

In an interview with Axios on June 22, the president claimed that Mary Trump is "not allowed to write a book".

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