Public officials using libel suits as a weapon against the press is nothing new. In the time of Times v. Sullivan, southern officials had brought nearly $300 million in libel actions against the press. For reference, Nunes alone has brought just over $900 million in defamation claims in a twelve-month period.
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.”
"The critical question in this case is not the nature of the Account when it was set up a decade ago. The critical question for First Amendment purposes is how the President uses the Account in his capacity as President," Judge Barrington Parker wrote.