A New York judge dealt the Trump family a loss on Monday, vacating a temporary injunction against President Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, and ending a weekslong legal battle to block the release of her tell-all book.
The ruling was made by Judge Hal Greenwald of the New York State Supreme Court, the state’s trial court, on the eve of the book’s release.
The motion to block the book had been brought by Robert Trump, the President’s brother, who argued that it violated a confidentiality agreement related to Fred Trump’s estate.
The book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” has topped the Amazon bestseller list and commanded significant news coverage. But Mary Trump has been prohibited from promoting it — until now.
“The court got it right in rejecting the Trump family’s effort to stop Mary Trump’s core political speech on important issues of public concern,” said Ted Boutrous, the renowned attorney who represented Mary Trump.
“The First Amendment forbids prior restraints because they are intolerable infringements on the right to participate in democracy,” Boutrous added. “Tomorrow, the American public will be able to read Mary’s important words for themselves.” Robert Trump’s attorney, Charles Harder, did not immediately respond to a request for comment after the ruling was issued.
In a statement, Simon & Schuster, the book’s publisher, said it was “delighted” by the court’s decision. “The unfettered right to publish is a sacred American freedom and a founding principle of our republic, and we applaud the Court for affirming well-established precedents against prior restraint and pre-publication injunctions,” the publisher said.
Mary Trump makes the Trump family appear like a modern-day Borgia family, constantly cheating, scheming, and in the President’s case, using his dad, Fred, to bankrolled or bail him out.
Simon & Schuster also published, “The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump”