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