Source: Simon and Schuster
The family of President Donald Trump reportedly is asking a court to block the publication of a forthcoming tell-all book written by Trump’s niece, Mary Trump.
The New York Times, citing a person familiar with the matter, reported Tuesday afternoon that Trump’s brother Robert Trump sought a restraining order against Mary Trump and her publisher Simon & Schuster in Queens County [New York] Surrogate’s Court.
That is the same court that handled the estate of the president’s late father, Fred Trump Sr.
President Trump has said that Mary Trump signed a non-disclosure agreement when she settled a court fight related to the estate.
“She’s not allowed to write a book,” Trump told the news site Axios last week.
The White House declined to comment for this article.
Mary’s book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” is scheduled to be published on July 28.
Mary is the daughter of Fred Trump Jr., the president’s older brother.
The Daily Beast earlier reported the existence of the non-disclosure agreement, and the expectation that Mary Trump would out herself in the book as having been the primary source for the Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning series about President Trump’s finances.
The Times stories relied on tax returns by the president’s father, Fred Trump Sr., and other private family financial records.
Simon & Schuster on its web site says Mary Trump’s book is a “revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him.”
Robert Trump told The Times in a statement Tuesday that he was “deeply disappointed” in his niece’s decision.
“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,” Robert Trump said.
Mary Trump’s lawyer, Theodore Boutrous, did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment. Boutros told The Times in a statement that the president and his family “are pursuing this unlawful prior restraint because they do not want the public to know the truth.”
“The courts will not tolerate this brazen violation of the First Amendment,” Boutros said in the statement.
Trump several days ago lost a court battle to try to stop publication of a memoir by his former national security advisor John Bolton.