The Department of Justice has dropped lawsuit against former National Security Adviser John Bolton over his memoir, “The Room Where It Happened.” The agency originally claimed the memoir contained confidential information, and had requested a court order blocking the publisher from distributing copies of the book.
The lawsuit says that Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a longtime friend of Melania’s, failed to obtain written permission before publishing “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the first lady.” The book details some of the work she did as a volunteer advisor to the First Lady, and at times paints a less than flattering portrait of Melania.
Trump's family asks for restraining order against Mary Trump's tell-all book on the grounds that it violates a nondisclosure agreement she signed in 2001. Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., a lawyer for Ms. Trump, called Trump’s family’s actions a “brazen violation of the First Amendment.”
In his ruling, United States District Judge Royce C. Lamberth wrote that the book raised “grave national security concerns,” and that Bolton stood to lose the profits from the book deal for breaking his nondisclosure agreement. Nevertheless, the judge argued that an injunction preventing further spread of the book would be futile.
A day after suing Bolton in an attempt to halt his memoir's publication, the Justice Department has now gone after his publisher hoping to block its dissemination.