On Monday, a New York court lifted a temporary restraining order on President Donald Trump’s niece, clearing the way for her to promote her revealing book in the media.
The ruling was issued by Justice Hal Greenwald of the New York State Supreme Court, the state’s first instance court, on the eve of the book’s publication.
The book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” topped Amazon’s bestseller list and garnered significant news coverage. But Mary Trump has been banned from promoting it, until now.
“The court was successful in rejecting the efforts of the Trump family to silence Mary Trump’s central political discourse on important issues of public interest,” said Ted Boutrous, the renowned lawyer who represented Mary Trump and who has also represented CNN on the past.
“The First Amendment prohibits prior restrictions because they are intolerable violations of the right to participate in democracy,” added Boutrous. “Tomorrow, the American public will be able to read Mary’s important words for themselves.”
The motion to block the book had been filed by Robert Trump, the president’s brother, who argued that it violated a confidentiality agreement related to Fred Trump’s estate.
Robert Trump’s attorney, Charles Harder, did not immediately respond to a request for comment after the ruling was issued.
In a statement, Simon & Schuster, the book’s publisher, said it was “delighted” with the court’s decision.
“The unlimited right to publish is a sacred American freedom and a founding principle of our republic, and we applaud the Court for affirming well-established precedents against prior restrictions and pre-publication mandates,” the editor said.