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Mary Trump: Judge suggests tell-all book by Trump niece serves ‘public interest’

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  • A New York judge on Wednesday lifted a temporary restraining order on a new book by Mary L. Trump, the US president’s niece.
  • “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” is billed as a “bright light on the dark history” of the Trump clan.
  • Earlier in the week, Robert Trump, the president’s brother, won a temporary restraining order, blocking publisher Simon & Schuster from distributing the work.
  • But Judge Alan D. Scheinkman, of the Supreme Court’s appellate division, ruled that the public has a right to know more about the world’s most powerful man.
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The publisher of a tell-all book from the niece of US President Donald Trump can go ahead with publishing the work, a New York court ruled Wednesday, lifting a temporary restraining order that had been sought by the Trump family.

“Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” by Mary L. Trump, is billed as a “bright light on the dark history” of the Trump clan. Robert Trump, the president’s brother, had sought to bar publisher Simon & Schuster from publishing the work, arguing that it was forbidden by a confidentiality agreement.

Earlier in the week, the New York Supreme Court sided with the president’s family, issuing a temporary restraining order. But Judge Alan D. Scheinkman, of the Supreme Court’s appellate division, ruled that the public has a right to know more about the world’s most powerful man.

In his ruling, The Washington Post reported, Schienkman argued that “whatever legitimate public interest there may have been in the family disputes of a real estate developer and his relatives may be considerably heightened by that real estate developer now being President of the United States and a current candidate for re-election.”

The restraining order still remains on Mary Trump. “It is very good news that the prior restraint against Simon & Schuster has been vacated, and we look forward to filing our brief in the trial court explaining why the same result is required as to Ms. Trump, based on the First Amendment and basic contract law,” Mary Trump’s lawyer Theodore Boutrous Jr. said.

The book is set to become available on July 28.

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