Tell-all book from Donald Trump’s niece is temporarily blocked from publication
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A tell-all book by Donald Trump’s niece has temporarily been blocked from publication as a judge weighs the merits of claims that it violates a pact among family members.
A Supreme Court judge has ordered the US President’s niece, Mary Trump, and her publisher to explain why they should not be stopped from publishing the book.
Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man, was scheduled to be published on July 28.
An online description of the book said it reveals “a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse”.
The judge banned “publishing, printing or distributing any book or any portions thereof” before he decides the validity of the claims made by the president’s brother, Robert S Trump.
Mary Trump is the daughter of Fred Trump Jr, the president’s elder brother, who died in 1981.
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Robert Trump has argued that 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 cannot be published without their permission.
Mary Trump’s lawyer, Theodore J Boutrous Jr, and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, promised an immediate appeal.
“The trial court’s temporary restraining order is only temporary but it still is a prior restraint on core political speech that flatly violates the First Amendment,” Mr Boutrous said.
“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,” Mr Boutrous said in a statement.
Adam Rothberg, a Simon & Schuster spokesperson, said the publisher was disappointed but looks forward “to prevailing in this case based on well-established precedents regarding prior restraint”.
Charles Harder, an attorney for Robert Trump, said his client was “very pleased”.
He said in a statement that the actions by Mary Trump and her publisher were “truly reprehensible”.
“We look forward to vigorously litigating this case, and will seek the maximum remedies available by law for the enormous damages,” he said.
“Short of corrective action to immediately cease their egregious conduct, we will pursue this case to the very end.”
In court papers, Robert Trump maintained Mary Trump was part of a settlement nearly two decades ago that included a confidentiality clause.
The clause explicitly said they would not “publish any account concerning the litigation or their relationship,” unless they all agreed, he argued.