Judge Rules That Mary Trump Tell-All Can Move Forward Pending Hearing

Simon & Schuster will release the book on July 28

U.S. President Donald Trump speaking at the White House in July 2020
President Donald Trump speaks at a Spirit of America Showcase on July 1.
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Well, that was quick. Just one day after a judge temporarily blocked the publication of Mary Trump’s forthcoming tell-all book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, a New York appellate judge has overturned that decision. The publisher Simon & Schuster can move ahead with its plans to release the book from President Trump’s niece on July 28.

Justice Alan D. Scheinkman ruled that Simon & Schuster was not a party to (and thus not bound by) Mary Trump’s confidentiality agreement, writing, “Unlike Ms. Trump, S&S has not agreed to surrender or relinquish any of its First Amendment rights.” However, as The New York Times points out, the ruling “put off addressing a central aspect of the bitter spat about the manuscript that has been roiling all month in the Trump family: whether, by writing the book, Ms. Trump violated a confidentiality agreement put in place nearly 20 years ago after a struggle over the will of her grandfather, Fred Trump Sr., Donald Trump’s father.”

“We support Mary L. Trump’s right to tell her story in Too Much and Never Enough, a work of great interest and importance to the national discourse that fully deserves to be published for the benefit of the American public,” Simon & Schuster said in a statement on Wednesday. “As all know, there are well-established precedents against prior restraint and pre-publication injunctions.”

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