A revealing book by President Donald Trump’s niece cannot be published until a judge decides the merits of the president’s brother Robert S Trump’s claims that its publication would violate a covenant between family members, a judge said Tuesday. .
New York State Supreme Court Justice Hal B Greenwald in Poughkeepsie, New York issued an order requiring niece Mary Trump and her publisher to explain why they should not be prevented from publishing the book titled Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the most dangerous man in the world.
A hearing for the case was set for July 10.
The book, to be published on July 28, was written by Mary Trump, the daughter of Fred Trump Jr, the president’s older brother, who died in 1981. An online description says it reveals “a nightmare of trauma, destructive relationships , and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse. “
There is literally no legal analysis in the Temporary Restraining Order against Mary Trump’s book. A flat prior constraint without articulation of a reason other than the implication that the TRO will be reviewed on July 10 after an oral argument. https://t.co/YXOFOF0vNO
– Sigh Hersh, Hostile Witness (@Ugarles) June 30, 2020
The judge prohibited “publishing, printing, or distributing any book or any part thereof” before deciding the validity of Robert’s claims.
Robert argues that Mary must abide by a written agreement between family members who resolved a dispute over Fred Trump’s will by agreeing that a book about them cannot be published without his permission.
Mary’s attorney, Theodore J Boutrous Jr, and her editor, Simon & Schuster, promised an immediate appeal.
“The first instance court’s temporary restraining order is only temporary, but it remains a pre-restriction preemptive central political discourse that flatly violates the First Amendment,” Boutrous said in a statement.
“This book, which addresses issues of great public interest and importance about a president-in-office in an election year, should not be suppressed for even a day,” Boutrous said.
Adam Rothberg, a spokesman for Simon & Schuster, said the publisher was disappointed, but hopes “to prevail in this case based on well-established precedents regarding the prior restriction.”
Charles Harder, Robert’s attorney, said his client was “very satisfied.”
He said in a statement that the actions of Mary and her publisher were “truly reprehensible.”
“We look forward to vigorously litigating this case, and will seek the maximum resources available by law for the enormous damages,” he said. “In the absence of corrective measures to immediately stop his heinous conduct, we will continue this case to the end.”
In court documents, Robert argued that Mary was part of a settlement nearly 20 years ago that included a confidentiality clause that explicitly stated that they would “not publish any account of the dispute or their relationship” unless they all agreed.