A court will not allow one of the president’s relatives to publish her controversial book unless she explains why it must be released against the Trump family’s wishes.
The New York Supreme Court has ordered psychologist Mary Trump and publisher Simon & Schuster Inc. to provide a valid reason for why “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” should be printed without permission from her family members.
The tell-all book portrays President Donald Trump as the world’s biggest threat to maintaining health, economic security, and social order. It also accuses the Trump family of having a “dark history” of trauma, destructive relationships, neglect, and abuse that permanently “damaged” the president—claims the rest of the family reject.
“Mary L. Trump and Simon & Schuster Inc., together with their respective members, officers, employees, servants, agents, attorneys, representatives, and all other persons acting on behalf of or in concert with either or both of them, are hereby temporarily enjoined and restrained, pursuant to CPLR 6313, from publishing, printing or distributing any book or any portions thereof … in any medium containing descriptions or accounts of Mary L. Trump’s relationship with Robert S. Trump, Donald Trump, or Maryanne Trump Barry,” Judge Hal Greenwald said in a statement.
The ruling is widely seen to be a small victory for petitioner Robert Trump, who will receive a judicial hearing on July 10 and a determination on the matter in due course.
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The brother of the president believes the author never obtained written permission from her relatives before deciding to publish her book, and urged the woman to respect their wishes for private family matters not to be widely publicized.
However, Dunn & Crutcher partner Theodore Boutrous Jr. revealed Mary Trump has no intention of accepting the court order without a fight.
“The trial court’s temporary restraining order is only temporary but it still is a prior restraint on core political speech that flatly violates the First Amendment, we will immediately appeal,” he said on Twitter.
Boutrous stressed his client believes the book contains important information for voters ahead of the upcoming general election on Nov. 3.
“This book, which addresses matters of great public concern and importance about a sitting president in an election year, should not be suppressed even for one day,” he said on Twitter.
Simon & Schuster criticized the Trump administration’s attempts to stop the book from being published as a petty political move.
“Tonight’s filing by the government is a frivolous, politically motivated exercise in futility,” Corporate Communications Senior Vice President Adam Rothberg said on Twitter.
The publisher believes Mary Trump’s story would be just as profitable as former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s controversial book about his time in the White House.
“Hundreds of thousands of copies of John Bolton’s ‘The Room Where it Happened’ have already been distributed around the country and the world,” Rothberg said on Twitter. “The injunction as requested by the government would accomplish nothing.”
Charles Harder of Harder LLP, who is advising Robert Trump, was “very pleased” with the court order.
“We look forward to vigorously litigating this case, and will seek the maximum remedies available by law for the enormous damages,” he said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press. “Short of corrective action to immediately cease their egregious conduct, we will pursue this case to the very end.”