Attorneys for Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster quickly filed an appeal Tuesday afternoon. Lawyer Ted Boutrous called the judge’s order “a pre-restriction on central political discourse that flatly violates the First Amendment.”
“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,” added Boutrous.
Robert Trump’s attorney, Charles Harder, criticized the planned book as “truly reprehensible.” Harder said his client plans to seek “enormous damage” against Mary Trump and the publisher unless plans for the book are abandoned.
Harder said in court documents that in the succession agreement reached in 2001, Mary Trump “agreed not to” publish or cause to be published, directly or indirectly, any newspaper, memory, letter, story, photograph, interview, article, essay, account or description or representation of any kind, whether fictitious or not, about your litigation or relationship with the [Proponents]… or help or provide information to others in connection therewith. “
Harder said his client does not know exactly what is in the book, but believes that promise is likely to be violated because Simon & Schuster has indicated in promotional materials that the book will contain “an” insider’s perspective “of” countless holiday meals. ” ‘family interactions’ and ‘family events’ “.
In a letter to court last Friday, Harder urged Greenwald to avoid a repeat of the recent situation involving insider information from former national security adviser John Bolton of his dealings with President Trump. The Justice Department sought a restraining order against the book, titled “The Room Where It Happened,” but a judge ruled that issuing one would be futile because advance copies had already been distributed to the media and widely circulated.
“We are concerned that Simon & Schuster (who also published Bolton’s book) will take steps to make it impossible to implement a preliminary injunction if granted, which vitiates the plaintiff’s right to injunctive relief,” wrote Harder.
Lawyers for Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster argued that it would be wrong for the court to impose a prior restriction without allowing the author and publisher legal information, but Greenwald decided to suspend the publication-related moves as the legal information progresses.
Last week, Harder asked another New York state court judge to block the book, but that Queens-based judge rejected the request, saying the problem was not appropriate to bring up in his probate court, especially since the will litigation has been dormant for years.