The complaint alleges that Volkoff violated the nondisclosure agreement and demanded a profit from the book to be protected in a government trust. He also says the first lady, her chief of staff or the White House adviser’s office did not receive a draft of the book from Volkoff and that the former adviser never sought authorization to disclose details of his work to the first lady.
CNN has reached out to the Justice Department for comment.
Volkoff told CNN in a statement that she “will not be disappointed with this bullying tactic.”
“The use of the U.S. Department of Justice by the President and First Lady to silence me is a violation of my First Amendment rights and a reprehensible abuse of the government to pursue their own personal interests and goals,” Wolkoff said. “The White House terminated the agreement when I fulfilled all the terms of the Gratuity Service Agreement and the Privacy Provisions. Has done. “
Volkoff’s book, “Melania and I: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,” results in Volkoff’s personal relationship with the executive and Melania Trump, including a private conversation between the two.
Volkoff also detailed her efforts, and Melania allegedly prevented the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, from appearing in photos of the presidential swearing-in ceremony.
The East Wing had earlier insisted that Volkoff had violated the nondisclosure agreement. After releasing the recording to the press, First Lady female staffer Stephanie Grisham said in a statement: “Secretly tapping the First Lady and intentionally breaking the NDA to publish Sullivan’s book is a clear attempt at consistency.”
This is not the first time the Justice Department has gone after former Trump employees published books about their working hours at the White House.
CNN’s Kate Bennett, Caroline Kelly and Caitlin Polantz contributed to this report.