A new “tell-all” book about President Donald Trump written by his niece Mary Trump is set to be released next week, but the book’s author, at least for now, won’t be permitted to promote or talk about her book at all.
A judge in New York has extended a temporary restraining order against Mary Trump until Monday, July 13, the day before the book is published, at which time another hearing will be held regarding whether to extend the order, The Hill reported.
Temporary restraining order extended
Duchess County Supreme Court Judge Hal Greenwood extended to Monday a temporary restraining order that was set to expire on Friday.
Judge Greenwood previously included the publishers of the book in his restraining order, but that order was rejected on appeal and the final version was narrowly aimed at the book’s author.
Because of the appeals court action, the judge’s newly extended order doesn’t apply to the publication of the book. Publisher Simon & Schuster will be permitted to move forward with releasing the book on Tuesday next week. Excerpts of the book have already been widely shared ahead of time with media figures.
The lawsuit against Mary Trump was brought by Robert Trump, the president’s brother, who asserted that Trump’s niece is in violation of a nondisclosure agreement that all members of the family were required to sign in 2001 following the death of the family’s patriarch, Fred Trump, according to USA Today.
The book reportedly excoriates President Trump in lurid detail. Mary Trump also is alleged to have written quite harshly about her grandfather, Fred Trump, who she claims was a “high functioning sociopath” who is responsible for how the family turned out, The Hill noted.
The harsh critique and public airing of private family details is what compelled Robert Trump to file the suit. “Her attempt to sensationalize and mischaracterize our family relationship after all of these years for her own financial gain is both a travesty and injustice to the memory of my late brother, Fred, and our beloved parents. I and the rest of my entire family are so proud of my wonderful brother, the president, and feel that Mary’s actions are truly a disgrace,” he said, according to Town & Country magazine.
For her part, Mary Trump and her attorneys have argued that the NDA is no longer valid and that the efforts to stop her from talking about or having her book published is a violation of her First Amendment right to free speech.
More than a dozen lawyers involved
USA Today noted that Robert Trump has been joined in the lawsuit against Mary Trump by both the president and their sister, former federal judge Maryanne Trump.
The lawsuit was first filed on June 26 and there are already at least a dozen lawyers involved in the issue, including those representing the various family members opposed to the book as well as those representing the author and publisher, not to mention even those representing outside parties that have been granted “friends-of-the-court” involvement in the matter.
It remains to be seen what will happen at the hearing on July 13, including whether there will be a motion for additional oral arguments or if the judge will lift the restraining order or grant the permanent injunction on Mary Trump that has been sought by the rest of the Trump family.