A judge blocked the release of a book from President Donald Trumps niece, Mary Trump, in which she offers an unflattering account of her relationship with her uncle and other family members.
Judge Hal Greenwald, based in Poughkeepsie, New York, issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday at the request of President Trump and Robert Trump, his brother. They said the book violates a nondisclosure agreement that was part of the estate of Fred Trump, President Trumps father, after his death in 1999.
Their settlement nearly two decades ago included a confidentiality clause that explicitly states they would not “publish any account concerning the litigation or their relationship,” unless all of them agreed, according to court papers.
Greenwald set deadlines for each side to submit arguments about why the book, titled “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the Worlds Most Dangerous Man,” should or shouldnt be published. Mary Trump was slated to publish the book on July 28.
Mary Trumps attorney Theodore Boutrous Jr., in a statement, said she will appeal the decision.
Boutrous said the order was “a prior restraint on core political speech that flatly violates the First Amendment.” He added: “This book, which addresses matters of great public concern and importance about a sitting president in (sic) election year, should not be suppressed even for one day.”
Robert Trumps attorney, Charles Harder, said his client is “very pleased” with the judges order.
“We look forward to vigorously litigating this case, and will seek the maximum remedies available by law for the enormous damages caused by Mary Trumps breach of contract and Simon & Schusters intentional interference with that contract,” Harder said, according to CNBC. “Short of corrective action to immediately cease their egregious conduct, we will pursue this case to the very end.”
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