A New York court on Monday lifted a temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump’s niece, paving the way for him to promote his revealing book to the media.
The decision was made by Justice Hal Greenwald of the New York State Supreme Court, the state court of first instance, 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,” tops Amazon’s bestsellers list and has received significant media coverage. But Mary Trump has not been allowed to promote it – so far.
“The Court was right to reject the Trump family’s efforts to stifle Mary Trump’s central political discourse on important matters of public interest,” said Ted Boutrous, the famous lawyer who represented Mary Trump and who also represented CNN in 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 can read Mary’s important words for themselves.”
The request to block the book was made by Robert Trump, the president’s brother, who argued that it violated a confidentiality agreement related to the estate of Fred Trump.
Robert Trump’s lawyer Charles Harder did not immediately respond to a request for comment after the decision was made.
In a press release, Simon & Schuster, the book’s publisher, said he was “delighted” with the court’s decision.
“The absolute right to publish is a sacred American freedom and a founding principle of our republic, and we applaud the Court for asserting well-established precedents against prior restrictions and pre-publication orders,” said the publisher.