The book “Unhinged” by former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman on her time in the White House administration is seen for sale in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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August 17, 2018: Simon & Schuster To Trump: You Have A “Bully Pulpit” At Your Disposal

In response to threats made by the Trump campaign legal team, Simon & Schuster, the publisher of Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House by Omarosa Manigault-Newman, says they acted well within their rights and will continue to publish the book on schedule. The Trump campaign representatives told Omarosa and her publisher in a letter that they would be liable for monetary and punitive damages and that she was violating an NDA.

In a counter letter, the publisher’s outside counsel responded:

“While your letter generally claims that excerpts from the book contain ‘disparaging statements,’ it is quite telling that at no point do you claim that any specific statement in the book is false. Your client does not have a viable legal claim merely because unspecified truthful statements in the Book may embarrass the president or his associates. At base, your letter is nothing more than an obvious attempt to silence legitimate criticism of the president.”

In a joint statement, 17 censorship and First Amendment groups condemned the threats and stressed the importance of free speech and access to information:

“We stand in solidarity against threats by the president and his administration that undermine our country’s commitment to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Efforts to restrict these freedoms are the hallmark of a totalitarian regime.”

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Trump Legal Counsel Letter Gallery Books/S&S Letter Joint Statement