President Trump’s family is seeking a temporary restraining order to try to block the publication of a revealing book by the president’s niece, Mary L. Trump.
Mrs. Trump is the daughter of the President’s late brother, Fred Trump Jr., and his book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” will be published by Simon & Schuster in July. 28)
A person familiar with the matter said the request for a temporary restraining order was filed Tuesday by Mr. Trump’s younger brother, Robert S. Trump, in the Queens County Substitute Court, where the father’s estate was located. from the President, Fred Trump Sr. placed.
The filing is against Ms. Trump and Simon & Schuster, and seeks to stop the publication on the grounds that Ms. Trump is violating a confidentiality agreement related to the liquidation of the estate.
Trump Organization officials declined to comment on legal efforts to stop the book, which the publisher describes on its website as a “revealing and authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that created it.”
Ms. Trump, the website says, will show the “dark story of her family to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the health, economic security and social fabric of the world.”
In the book, Mrs. Trump, 55, is expected to say she was a primary source for The New York Times coverage of the president’s finances, and that he provided the newspaper with confidential tax documents. A spokeswoman for The Times declined to comment.
Robert Trump said in a statement that he was “deeply disappointed” by his niece’s decision.
“His attempt to sensationalize and mischaracterize our family relationship after all these years for his own financial gain is both a parody and an injustice to the memory of my late brother, Fred, and our dear parents,” he said. “I and the rest of my family are very proud of my wonderful brother, the President, and we feel that Mary’s actions are truly a disgrace.”
Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., an attorney for Ms. Trump, said in a statement that the President and his family were trying to “delete a book that will discuss matters of utmost public importance.”
“They are chasing this illegal pre-restriction because they don’t want the public to know the truth,” he said. “The courts will not tolerate this blatant violation of the First Amendment.”
In an interview with Axios last week, Trump said of his niece: “He is not allowed to write a book.”
“You know, when we came to an agreement with her and her brother, with whom I have a good relationship, she has a brother, Fred, with whom I have a good relationship, but when we reached an agreement,” she said, she “signed a no. disclosure “.
The Trump family appears to be trying to block publication of the book before it is printed and shipped to stores and warehouses. When the Justice Department went to court to stop the publication of a telling account of his time in the White House by former national security adviser John R. Bolton, the book had already been shipped and was for sale a few days later. . .