Mary Trump filed an immediate appeal on Tuesday, after a judge in New York issued a preliminary injunction to prevent Donald Trump’s niece from publishing a book about the family.
The president’s brother Robert Trump is trying to stop the publication of Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, which Simon & Schuster will publish on July 28.
Simon & Schuster recently published The Room Where It Happened, the revealing memoirs of former national security adviser John Bolton that a federal judge declined to block. The publisher also appealed the New York ruling against her and Mary Trump.
In a statement, Ted Boutrous, an attorney for Mary Trump, called the order in New York’s supreme court in Dutchess County “a pre-restriction on central political discourse that flatly violates the first amendment.”
The book, he said, “addresses issues of great public interest and importance about a practicing president in the election year. [and] it should not be removed even for a day. “
Charles Harder, an attorney for Robert Trump, said he would seek the “maximum remedies available” for what he called Mary Trump’s “truly reprehensible” actions.
“In the absence of corrective measures to immediately cease his heinous conduct,” he added, “we will continue this case to the end.”
Judge Hal B Greenwald scheduled a new hearing for Poughkeepsie, New York, on July 10.
Mary Trump is a trained psychologist who was reportedly a source for New York Times reports on Trump’s family tax affairs and who voiced her opposition to her uncle on Twitter.
Its publisher has promised a “revealing and authoritative portrait of Donald J Trump and the toxic family that made it” and “a nightmare of trauma, destructive relationships and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse.”
The book is highly anticipated. But in 2001, Mary Trump signed a confidentiality agreement regarding litigation over a family will, which said she was not allowed to talk about relationships with her uncles.
Donald Trump’s surviving brothers are Robert Trump, a businessman; Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired judge; and Elizabeth Trump Grau, a retired banker. Mary Trump’s father was Fred Trump Jr, who died in 1981.
Judge Greenwald’s order prevents the “publication, printing or distribution, directly or indirectly” of anything “that contains descriptions or accounts of Mary L Trump’s relationship with Robert S Trump, Donald Trump or Maryanne Trump Barry.”
Robert Trump’s first attempt to block the book failed, and the judge recommended appealing to the state supreme court.
In a statement to the New York Times earlier this month, Robert Trump criticized his niece for what he called his “attempt to sensationalize and mischaracterize our family relationship … for his own financial gain.”
“Me and the rest of my entire family,” he said, “are very proud of my wonderful brother, the President.”
Donald Trump told the Axios news site that his niece “was not allowed to write a book.”