A New York judge has temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s niece from publishing a damning memory of the first American family.
Mary Trump’s next book, Too Much and Never Enough, How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, will be published on July 28.
But on Tuesday, a judge granted a restraining order to Trump’s uncle, the president’s brother, Robert.
Ms. Trump’s attorneys say they will immediately appeal against the ruling.
“The trial court’s temporary restraining order is only temporary, but it remains a pre-restriction preemptive central political discourse that flatly violates the First Amendment,” said his attorney, Ted Boutrous.
“This book, which addresses issues of great public interest and importance about a sitting president in an election year, should not be removed for even a day,” he continued.
The book is being published by Simon & Schuster and has already reached fourth place on Amazon’s best seller list before its release.
A hearing in Dutchess County, New York is scheduled for July 10.
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Mrs. Trump, 55, is the daughter of President Trump’s older brother, Fred Trump Jr., who died in 1981.
The book aims to reveal “a nightmare of trauma, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse.”
Robert Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, applauded the ruling, saying that “the actions of Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster are truly reprehensible.”
“We look forward to vigorously litigating this case and will seek the maximum available remedies by law for the tremendous damages caused by Mary Trump’s breach of contract and Simon & Schuster’s intentional interference with that contract,” said Harder.
“In the absence of corrective measures to immediately stop his heinous conduct, we will continue this case to the end.”
Earlier this month, President Trump said his niece was violating his confidentiality agreement (NDA) by writing a book.
“He is not allowed to write a book,” he told Axios, referring to a 20-year-old legal document that he reportedly signed after a dispute over his father’s inheritance after his death in 2001.
Trump called the NDA “very powerful” that “it covers everything.”
What does the book say?
The book was slated to hit stores just weeks before the Republican National Convention, where Trump will accept his party’s nomination to seek a second term.
The reports will reportedly reveal how Trump provided the New York Times with confidential documents to print an expanding investigation into Trump’s personal finances.
The exclusive Pulitzer Prize winner alleged that the President had been involved in “fraudulent” tax schemes and received more than $ 400 million (£ 316 million) in today’s money from his father’s real estate empire.
A lawyer for the President and the White House denied the fraud and tax evasion allegations against Trump.
An Amazonian propaganda for Ms. Trump’s book says the author will explain how her uncle “became the man who now threatens the health, economic security, and social fabric of the world.”
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This is the second book from publisher Simon & Schuster that Trump and his associates seek to block.
Earlier this month, John Bolton, a former national security adviser to President Trump, denied the U.S. Justice Department a court order to block a memory.
The room where it happened will go on sale later this month. One of the book’s claims is that Trump “pleaded” with the Chinese president to help him win the November 2020 election.