President Donald Trump’s niece says that the nondisclosure agreement she signed 19 years ago under an inheritance agreement with her family doesn’t stop her from writing an all-encompassing book about her uncle.
Mary L. Trump defended her upcoming book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, in an affidavit filed Thursday, the day after a federal appeals court order lifted the temporary restraining order that the Simon & Schuster blocked its publication.
Mary, a psychologist, asks the New York Supreme Court to lift a restraining order against her, arguing that the confidentiality agreement she signed nearly two decades ago over a dispute over her grandfather Fred Trump’s will Sr, an unenforceable fraud.
She claims that at the time of signing, she believed the amounts of assets described in the agreement were accurate, but later discovered that the valuations were incorrect in a New York Times.
Mary went on to say that she “never believed” that the agreement would stop her from telling her “life story” – which now includes “the behavior and character of my uncle, the incumbent President of the United States, during his reelection campaign.”
She also suggested that the deal is irrelevant because President Trump has “repeatedly spoken out about our family and the will.”
“None of the parties to the settlement agreement, including my uncles Donald Trump and Robert Trump, or my aunt Maryanne Trump, have ever asked for my permission to speak publicly about our family or their personal relationships with me, my brother Fred, or between everyone else, ‘says the affidavit.
President Donald Trump’s niece, Mary L. Trump (left), says the confidentiality clause she agreed to with her family 19 years ago under an inheritance agreement does not stop her from reading her all-encompassing book (right) about her uncle to write
Mary’s attorneys claimed that it is clear that the President and his family “do not want the American public” to hear their client’s story, but said that “the first amendment, the ordinary rules of contract law and Plaintiff’s fair principles” extraordinary and unfounded request for interim relief ‘.
Trump’s family feud came to light last month after reports revealed that Mary had written a bomb book describing a “nightmare of trauma, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse,” the blurb said.
Mary is also expected to be the primary source of the Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Trump tax history survey.
That report, published in October 2018, found that the President received more than $ 400 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire and had been involved in “fraudulent” tax systems, crushing his image as a self-made man .
Mary’s book will be released across the country on July 28 and is already number one on Amazon’s bestseller list.
President Trump’s brother, Robert, filed court documents last month to block the publication of the book and instituted a temporary restraining order against Mary and Simon & Schuster.
But on Wednesday, the court lifted the restraining order against the publisher, claiming that the company, unlike Mary, was not bound by a nondisclosure agreement and therefore had the right to publish the book.
Mary said she “never believed” that the confidentiality agreement would prevent her from telling her “life story” – which now includes “the behavior and character of my uncle, the incumbent President of the United States, during his reelection campaign.” Trump is pictured at a meeting on June 20
“While Trump undoubtedly holds the same expressive first-amendment rights that all Americans own, she also has the right to contract, including the right to contract her rights to the first amendment,” wrote presiding judge Alan D. Scheinkman. in its ruling on the appeal.
“Unlike Mrs. Trump, Simon & Schuster has not agreed to waive his rights to the First Amendment.”
Simon & Schuster responded to the call in a statement on Wednesday: “We fully support Mary L. Trump’s right to tell her story in Too Much and Never Enough, a work of great importance and importance to the national discourse it deserves to be published for the benefit of the American public. ‘
The publisher claimed not to know that Mary had signed a nondisclosure agreement.
Mary’s lawyers argued in Thursday’s affidavit that her restraining order should also be lifted, writing that Robert Trump “ cannot succeed on his contractual claims because of the confidentiality clause in the decades-old plaintiff settlement agreement alleged by Plaintiff. is unenforceable and not applicable ‘.
Mary and her brother Fred III filed suit against the President, his younger brother Robert and their sister Maryanne for wrongful termination of medical benefits and coverage in 2000. When Fred Sr died in 1999, Mary and her brother Fred Trump III questioned his will, alleging that the Trump family had unduly influenced them to take them out. Donald, Robert and Maryanne Trump are pictured together in 1990
Dutchess County Court Judge Hal B. Greenwald sided with Robert Trump on Tuesday and ordered Simon & Schuster to refrain from “publishing, printing, or distributing” copies of the book prior to a July 10 hearing.
However, Justice Sheinkman said the terms of Mary’s confidentiality agreement could have been changed due to her uncle’s position as president.
Mary is one of two children of Fred Trump Jr (pictured), the president’s older brother, who died in 1981 after the fight against alcoholism.
“The legitimate interest in keeping family secrets can be one thing for a real estate developer’s family, no matter how successful. It is a different matter for the family of the President of the United States, “he said.
Although the restraining order has been lifted, the Trump family is expected to continue their fight for an order.
The Trumps have claimed that they will suffer “irreparable damage” if the book is published, and that Mary has violated her nondisclosure agreement by writing it.
Mary is one of the two children of Fred Trump Jr, the President’s older brother, who died in 1981 when he was in his early forties after the fight against alcoholism.
When Fred Sr died in 1999, Mary and her brother Fred Trump III challenged his will because they alleged that the Trump family had unduly influenced them to take them out.
Mary claimed in a lawsuit that the Trumps ended the health care for her side of the family in retaliation.
In the request for the restraining order, the Trumps say that everything was resolved in 2001 under a ‘global’ agreement.
Read Mary Trump’s full affidavit below: