Mary Trump book: Judge temporarily blocks publication of tell-all book by President Trump’s niece
“Robert Trump is very pleased with the New York Supreme Court’s injunction against Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster,” said Charles Harder, attorney for Robert Trump, in a statement.
Calling the actions of Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster “reprehensible”, Harder added that he looked forward to “vigorously pleading this case”.
“Unless we take corrective action to immediately stop their blatant conduct, we will continue this matter to the end,” said Harder.
Ted Boutrous, a renowned First Amendment lawyer representing Mary Trump, who has also represented CNN on issues in the past, said the order “categorically violates the First Amendment”.
“We will appeal immediately,” said Boutrous. “This book, which deals with very important questions for the public and concerning a president in office during an election year, should not be deleted even for a day.”
In an affidavit on Tuesday evening, Simon & Schuster chief executive officer Jonathan Karp said that blocking the publication of the book “would cause extraordinary economic harm” to the company.
Karp revealed that Simon & Schuster had already printed around 75,000 copies of the book. Karp also said he “no longer controls the copies” that have been shipped to bookstores and online retailers.
“For more than 30 years working in book publishing, I have not known any book that has ever been banned and censored by the public for any reason,” said Karp.
Karp added that Simon & Schuster was not aware of any confidentiality agreement that Mary Trump had accepted until “about two weeks ago, long after the book was accepted, put into production and the printing has started. “
Simon & Schuster describes Mary Trump’s book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The Most Dangerous Man In The World”, as a “revealing and authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family who did it. “
The book was the fourth successful book on Amazon Tuesday afternoon.
The book, according to the publisher, will highlight “the dark history of their family in order to explain how his uncle became the man who now threatens the health, economic security and social fabric of the world”.
After the case was dismissed, Robert Trump took the case to the New York State Supreme Court.
Robert Trump argued that in a dispute related to the will of Fred Trump, a settlement was reached that included a confidentiality clause. This provision, Robert Trump argued, has been accepted by all parties, including Mary Trump.
But a federal judge dismissed the Justice Ministry’s request, writing in its ruling that Bolton’s book had already been widely distributed and that the court “would not order a national seizure and the destruction of a political memory”.