Trump family's action to block publication of niece's memoir dismissed

Trump family's action to block publication of niece's memoir dismissed

A court order requested by the Trump family to block the president's niece, Mary  Trump, and Simon & Schuster from publishing memoir Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man has been dismissed. 

The development came after federal judges also declined to block John Bolton's Trump exposéThe Room Where it Happened, also published by S&S, despite the president's bid for an injunction.

In the latest case, Queen's County surrogate court Judge Peter Kelly refused the motion for an injunction against Mary Trump, despite the Trump family lawyers arguing that the president's only neice had singed a confidentiality clause. 

The lawyers had stated the clause bars her from publishing or causing to be published "any diary, memoir, letter, story, photograph, interview, article, essay, account, description or depiction of any kind, whether fictionalised or not, concerning [her] litigation or relationship" with the Trump family. 

In a statement the family's attorneys had argued that "there’s not an adequate remedy at law because no award of monetary damages can ameliorate the loss that will be suffered if Mary Trump is permitted to violate the settlement agreement and publish accounts of her relationship with her uncles and aunts without their consent. Accordingly, this situation requires entry of a preliminary injunction."

In response to this, S&S US said: "As the plaintiff and his attorney well know, the courts take a dim view of prior restraint, and this attempt to block publication will meet the same fate as those that have gone before."

Mary Trump is a trained clinical psychologist and Donald Trump's only niece. S&S plans to proceed with the publication of her memoir in the US and the UK on 28th July.