Justice Department files complaint against former friend of Melania Trump

The complaint states that Wokoff violated an unlawful agreement and demanded profits from the book to be secured in a government trust. It also states that neither the First Lady, her chief of staff nor the White House attorney’s office received a draft of the book from the walkoff and that the former advisor never disclosed her work details for the first woman Did not demand authorization.

CNN has reached out to the Department of Justice and Walkoff for comment.

Walkoff’s book, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,” details the workings of Wokoff and the results of his personal relationship with Melania Trump, including a private conversation between the two.

Wolkoff, a former Vogue magazine employee who oversees high-dollar events, had known Melania Trump for more than a decade when she was hired to plan the inauguration of President Donald Trump. She was also Trump’s first hire for the East Wing, serving as senior adviser to the First Lady, writing speeches and helping the craft become a “Be Best” platform. During his time working for the East Wing, Walkoff was a special public servant, meaning that he was not paid for his services.
According to CNN, as part of the investigation into the inaugural activities, Woolkoff’s relationship with the first lady was allegedly pocketed according to Wolkoff and her planning events.
In his book, Walkoff describes the inaugural plan as an attempt to slap, claiming that the incoming president did not understand who was behind the event.

Volkoff also details those efforts and, reportedly, Melania blocked the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump from appearing in photos of the president’s swearing-in ceremony.

Walkoff also secretly made a recording with the first lady, in which Melania Trump expressed disappointment over criticism of the Trump administration’s migrant family separation policy.

The East Wing has already claimed that the walkoff violated the nondisclosure agreement. After the recording was made public, First Lady Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham said in a statement, “Secretly tapping the first lady and breaking the NDA to publish a humble book is an obvious effort for relevance.”

This is not the first time Trump’s former staffers have gone to the Justice Department after publishing books about working in the White House.

The department sued to stop the release of John Bolton’s book “The Room When It Happens” about his term as White House National Security Advisor under President Trump.
In 2016, Melania Trump sued the Daily Mail for making false claims about her work as a professional model. In April 2017, the publisher apologized to Trump and agreed to pay $ 2.9 million as damages in a settlement.

CNN’s Kate Bennett, Kellyanne Pollentz and Caroline Kelly contributed to this report.


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