One can almost see the tweeted protests now.
A tell-all book written by Trump presidential niece Mary Trump has been given a green light by a New York court. From the New York Times:
A New York appellate judge ruled on Wednesday that the publisher Simon & Schuster could go ahead with its plans to release a tell-all book by Mary L. Trump, the niece of President Trump, reversing a lower court’s decision from this week that had temporarily halted publication.
The decision by the judge, Alan D. Scheinkman, means that Simon & Schuster can move forward in publishing the book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” which is scheduled to be released at the end of July. In court papers filed on Tuesday, Simon & Schuster claimed that tens of thousands of copies of the book had already been printed, adding that it is a best seller on Amazon.
But the ruling doesn’t address whether author Mary Trump, in writing Too Much and Never Enough, had violated a confidentiality agreement she made after her grandfather’s death.
In his decision, Justice Scheinkman ruled that Simon & Schuster was not a party to — and thus could not be bound by — the confidentiality agreement, which was signed by Ms. Trump, Donald Trump and the president’s two siblings, Robert S. Trump and Maryanne Trump Barry.
“Unlike Ms. Trump,” Justice Scheinkman wrote, “S&S has not agreed to surrender or relinquish any of its First Amendment rights.”
From the effort that Mary’s uncles have put into blocking the book, we can anticipate an interesting — and perhaps damning — read.
But what could be in Mary’s book that has both Trump brothers so keen to keep it from public view? Family taxes and dynamics, as well as the fact that The Donald had worked with other family members to screw Mary’s nephew — the son of her brother Fred Trump III — out of the expensive medical care needed to deal with his cerebral palsy.
Dr. Trump is a clinical psychologist. S&S says that she has “taught graduate courses in trauma, psychopathology, and developmental psychology.” Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man will be published July 28th.
Simon & Schuster has also been responsible for at least two other recent Trumpish tell-alls: former United States National Security Advisor John Bolton’s very controversial The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir and The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump by Mary Jordan. ◊