Prior Restraint

Trump Family Tries to Stop Publication of Tell-All Book by President’s Niece

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves after delivering remarks following the U.S. Military airstrike against Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, Iraq, in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., January 3, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

6/25/2020 Update: Queens County Surrogate Court Judge Peter Kelly rejected Robert Trump’s request for an injunction against Mary Trump and her publisher, Simon &Schuster, writing that the court lacked jurisdiction to handle the case. After Kelly’s ruling, the Trump family refiled the case in New York Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump’s brother has asked a New York City judge to block the publication of an upcoming book by the president’s niece on the grounds that it violates a nondisclosure agreement she signed in 2001.

“Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” scheduled for release in late July, details Mary Trump’s childhood experiences growing up in her grandparents’ home in Queens. According to the book’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, the book “explains how specific events and general family patterns” help explain President Trump’s  current behavior. 

Trump’s younger brother, Robert S. Trump filed a request for a restraining order on June 23rd in Queens County Surrogate’s Court in an attempt to block the book’s publication before it is printed and shipped to stores.

Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., a lawyer for Ms. Trump, called Trump’s family’s actions a “brazen violation of the First Amendment.” 

Trump’s family’s legal efforts to stop Ms. Trump’s book came days after the Justice Department requested a restraining order for another book, this one by the President’s former national security adviser, John Bolton. Though Bolton’s book had not yet been published, the court denied the Justice Department’s request in part because the book had already been widely distributed.

The New York Times