Judge Temporarily Blocks Publication of Mary Trump’s Tell-All Book

A hearing will be held on July 10

President Donald Trump walking outside
Mary Trump's book about her uncle Donald is called "Too Much And Never Enough."
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By Bonnie Stiernberg / July 1, 2020 12:43 pm

A judge in Dutchess County, NY, has temporarily blocked the publication of Mary Trump’s forthcoming tell-all, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, until a hearing to determine whether the author violated a confidentiality agreement she signed with other members of her family.

The hearing to determine whether Trump, who is the niece of President Donald Trump, violated the agreement — which was signed after a dispute over the estate of Fred Trump, Sr., in 2000 — is scheduled to be held July 10. Her book is currently scheduled to be released on July 28.

“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,” Theodore J. Boutrous, Mary Trump’s lawyer, told the New York Times. “We will immediately appeal. 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.”

Meanwhile, Charles Harder, a lawyer for the president’s brother Robert Trump, issued a statement saying he was “very pleased” with the judge’s decision.

“We look forward to vigorously litigating this case, and will seek the maximum remedies available by law for the enormous damages caused by Mary Trump’s breach of contract and Simon & Schuster’s intentional interference with that contract,” Harder said in the statement. “Short of corrective action to immediately cease their egregious conduct, we will pursue this case to the very end.”

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