The legal fight over a revelation by President Donald Trump’s niece took another turn Thursday when his attorneys filed documents to remove a temporary restraining order, arguing that the confidentiality agreement he signed 19 years ago was an unenforceable fraud.
In an affidavit, Mary Trump said that when she signed the deal, ending a dispute over her grandfather’s will, she believed the asset amounts were accurate, but learned that they were false. New York Times expose.
In addition, he said he did not believe the agreement would have prevented him from telling his “life story,” which simply includes details of “the conduct and character of my uncle, the acting President of the United States.”
And, he noted, President Trump “has spoken about our family and the dispute on numerous occasions,” suggesting he would have invalidated any secrecy deal.
“Neither party to the Settlement Agreement, including my uncles Donald Trump and Robert Trump, or my aunt Maryanne Trump, has requested my permission to speak publicly about our family or their personal relationships with me, my brother Fred, or between each of they. another, “he wrote.
In their petition to the New York Supreme Court, Mary Trump’s attorneys wrote that it is clear that the president and his family “don’t want the American public to hear” their client’s story.
“But the First Amendment, the ordinary rules of contract law and the equitable foundation stone principles defeat the plaintiff’s extraordinary and unwarranted request for injunctions,” they wrote.
The Daily Beast was the first to report that Mary Trump had written a “heartbreaking and salacious” revelation in which she would “come out” as the primary source for the TimesThe Pulitzer Prize-winning Trump tax investigation reveals that the President received more than $ 400 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire and had been involved in “fraudulent” tax schemes.
President Trump’s brother Robert, fresh out of a neurosurgery ICU, filed court documents last month to stop publication of the book, Too much and never enough: how my family created the most dangerous man in the world, which will hit stores on July 28 and is already number 1 on Amazon’s best seller list.
Robert Trump secured a temporary restraining order against Simon & Schuster and Mary Trump. This week, an appeals court issued the order against the publisher, and now Mary argues that hers should also be lifted.
His attorneys wrote that Robert Trump “cannot succeed on the merits of his contractual claims because the confidentiality provision in the Settlement of Financial Disputes that the plaintiff invokes decades ago is unenforceable and unenforceable.”
Robert Trump’s famous lawyer, Charles Harder, did not respond to a request for comment.