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Judge dismisses lawsuit over Mary Trump’s tell-all book

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  • A New York judge dismissed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to halt the publication of a tell-all book by President Donald Trump’s niece.
  • The author, Mary Trump, was being sued by the Trump family for violating a non-disclosure agreement dating back to an inheritance dispute.
  • President Trump’s younger brother, Robert, sought a temporary restraining order to block the publication of “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.”
  • Robert, who is Mary’s uncle, and the Trump family could refile elsewhere, but Ted Boutrous, Mary’s attorney, tweeted, “we hope this decision will end the matter.”
  • “Democracy thrives on the free exchange of ideas, and neither this court nor any other has authority to violate the Constitution by imposing a prior restraint on core political speech.”
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The Trump family’s efforts to squash a much anticipated tell-all book from the president’s niece fell short in Queens County Court Thursday, with Judge Pete J. Kelly dismissing their lawsuit.

President Donald Trump’s brother, Robert, had sought a restraining order against the author, Mary Trump, for violating a non-disclosure agreement dating back to an inheritance dispute in the family. 

Robert, who is Mary’s uncle, could refile elsewhere, but Mary’s attorney, Ted Boutrous, expressed hopes the matter will be put to rest, allowing the book to go ahead.

“We hope this decision will end the matter,” Boutrous tweeted. “Democracy thrives on the free exchange of ideas, and neither this court nor any other has authority to violate the Constitution by imposing a prior restraint on core political speech.”

The much anticipated book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” is set for a July 28 release.

Among other things, Mary reportedly reveals in the book that she leaked documents leading to a blockbuster New York Times investigation into the president’s finances that revealed he inherited and subsequently squandered much of his wealth from his father.

President Trump claimed his niece was “not allowed to write a book” because of a “very powerful” NDA that “covers everything.” 

Judge Kelly wrote “it can not be successfully argued this dispute effects the administration of this decedent’s estate.”

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