U.S. First Lady Melania Trump addressed the Republican Convention on August 25, 2020, the next day from the White House’s Rose Garden in Washington DC.
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The Justice Department on Tuesday sued the author of a book about First Lady Melania Trump, claiming the author violated an undisclosed agreement that prohibited her from publishing classified information obtained during her work for the president’s wife.
And Washington Washington, D.C. The lawsuit in federal court in has asked a judge to order Stephanie Winston Volkov to hand over a book to a government trust from her book “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall My F My Friendship of the First Lady.”
Volkoff, who has been close friends with Melania Trump, previously served as the first female volunteer advisor since taking over as President Donald Trump in 2017.
The lawsuit alleges Volkoff violated the contract and “flat breached” the first lady’s breach of obligation.
The complaint states that Volkoff agreed to the so-called grateful service agreement in 2017, which includes a confidentiality clause in which she pledged to maintain strict confidentiality regarding “non-republican, privileged and / or confidential information” which she shared with him. Can get during service. ”
The deal “does not include an expiration date” for its terms, according to the lawsuit, which states that Volkoff had “access to significant confidential information related to the First Lady’s official duties, as well as more private aspects of her role in the First Family.”
The Justice Department also claims that Volkov had “intentional indirect access to information, including the first lady’s official duties on behalf of the country.”
Stephanie Winston Volkoff, the former Vogue special event planner, stopped in front of the media at the Trump Tower in New York on December 5, 2016.
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Despite Volkoff’s promise of secrecy, the Justice Department said, Volkoff wrote a book called “Simon and Schuster” [the book’s publisher] Promotes as a ‘terrible say-all’ and ‘say-all epic screams’. “
The book was published in early September.
The lawsuit alleges that Wolfe never submitted a draft of his book to Melania Trump, her chief of staff, or the White House Counsel to Fischer, and “never authorized her to disclose information she learned in connection with her work under contract.”
The lawsuit is pending a failed legal effort by President Trump’s late brother, Robert, to prevent the publication of another so-called book written by his niece, Mary Trump, in which the president is presented in a derogatory light.
Volkoff, 49, is the former fashion director of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week and former director of special programs for Vogue magazine. He also served as the executive producer of Trump’s inauguration.
Her book states that Melania Trump entered the White House and approved the renovation of her bathroom because she avoided using the same shower and toilet that former lady Michelle Obama used.
Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, a Justice Department spokeswoman, and Simon & Schuster’s press representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.
– Additional reporting by Kevin Brenner of CNBC
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