Flippity flop, flippity flop.
A judge ruled today that the tell-all book by President Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, cannot be published until she and her publisher explain why they should not be blocked from publishing the book.
Just last week, you may recall, a New York judge dismissed a legal motion to block its release, ruling that the case was filed in the wrong jurisdiction.
Now though, New York state Supreme Court Judge Hal B. Greenwald in Poughkeepsie, New York said no portion of the book can be distributed before he decides the validity of Robert Trump’s claims. Robert Trump has been arguing that Mary “must comply with a written agreement among family members that such a book cannot be published without permission from other family members.”
Mary Trump’s lawyer, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, promised an immediate appeal.
“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,” Boutrous said.
“This book, which addresses matters of great public concern and importance about a sitting president in election year, should not be suppressed even for one day,” Boutrous said in a statement.
Adam Rothberg, a Simon & Schuster spokesperson, said the publisher was disappointed but looks forward “to prevailing in this case based on well-established precedents regarding prior restraint.”
Charles Harder, an attorney for Robert Trump, said his client was “very pleased.”
“We look forward to vigorously litigating this case, and will seek the maximum remedies available by law for the enormous damages,” he said. “Short of corrective action to immediately cease their egregious conduct, we will pursue this case to the very end.”
In court papers, Robert Trump maintained Mary Trump was part of a settlement nearly two decades ago that included a confidentiality clause explicitly saying they would not “publish any account concerning the litigation or their relationship,” unless they all agreed, the court papers said.
He said in a statement that the actions by Mary Trump and her publisher were “truly reprehensible.”
Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man was set to hit bookstores in July.