Mary L. Trump book
A New York judge on Tuesday ordered attorneys for President Donald Trump’s niece to respond to a lawsuit filed by Robert Trump, the president’s brother, seeking to halt the publication of her forthcoming tell-all memoir.
The book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” by Mary Trump, is scheduled for release July 28.
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,” according to publisher Simon & Schuster.
Judge Hal Greenwald of the New York Supreme Court ordered Simon & Schuster not to publish the book before the case is decided.
In a statement, Charles Harder, Robert Trump’s attorney, said his client was “very pleased” with the move.
“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,” Harder said. “Short of corrective action to immediately cease their egregious conduct, we will pursue this case to the very end.”
Harder has represented President Trump in high-profile cases, including in litigation against the adult film actress Stormy Daniels. The president has said that his niece is subject to a nondisclosure agreement and is “not allowed” to author a book.
In a statement, Simon & Schuster said it was “disappointed” in the order.
“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.
Theodore Boutrous Jr., an attorney for Mary Trump, said the order “is only temporary but it still is a prior restraint on core political speech that flatly violates the First Amendment.”
“We will immediately appeal. This book, which addresses matters of great public concern and importance about a sitting president in election year, should not be suppressed even for one day,” Boutrous said.
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