Judge rejects Trump family’s attempt to block publication of niece’s revelation
Erin Schaff | Bloomberg | fake pictures
A New York appeals court on Wednesday cleared the way for an editor to distribute a revealing book by President Donald Trump’s niece on the president’s brother’s objections.
The New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division said it was lifting a restriction a judge imposed on Simon & Schuster the day before that would have blocked the distribution of “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the Most Dangerous Man of the world”.
Although the book was scheduled to be published on July 28, Simon & Schuster said that thousands of copies of the first edition of the 75,000-copy book had already been shipped to bookstores and others.
However, the appeals ruling left restrictions against Mary Trump, the book’s author and the president’s niece, after the president’s brother said in court documents that she was part of an agreement between family members not to write about your relationships without permission.
The president’s brother Robert Trump had sued Mary Trump for blocking the publication. An email was sent Wednesday seeking comment to Robert Trump’s attorney.
The appeals ruling prevented Mary Trump and any agent of his from distributing the book, but the court made it clear that it did not consider the publisher to be an agent, although that issue could be decided in later proceedings in the trial court.
“The evidence presented is insufficient for this Court to determine if the plaintiff is likely to succeed in establishing that claim,” the appeals court said.
In a statement, Simon and Schuster said they were satisfied with the ruling, which they said would allow Mary Trump to tell her story. The publisher said the book was of “great interest and importance to national discourse that deserves to be published for the benefit of the American public.”
He added: “As everyone knows, there are well-established precedents against pre-publication restrictions and pre-publication mandates, and we remain confident that the preliminary mandate will be denied.”
Mary Trump’s attorney Theodore Boutrous Jr. said in a statement that it was “very good news that the previous restriction against Simon & Schuster had been vacated. He added that he believed a similar finding was necessary for Mary Trump,” according to the First Amendment and basic contractual law. “