How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man

Court rejects bid to block Mary Trump book

Donald Trump hugs his brother Robert Trump after delivering his acceptance speech on November 9, 2016


A revealing book set to be published next month by Mary Trump, niece of President Donald Trump, moved closer to publication on Thursday after a probate court judge in New York turned down a bid to block release of the unflattering account.

President Trump’s brother Robert asked for a restraining order against publication, citing a nondisclosure agreement contained in a settlement involving the estate of their father Fred, who died in 1999.

However, Judge Peter Kelly of Queens County Surrogate Court said his court was not the proper venue for the dispute over the book, which he found to be far afield from matters involving the distribution of Fred Trump’s estate.

Kelly dismissed the legal application, calling it “fatally defective.”

“This forum is presumptively improper,” the judge wrote in a four-page order. “It cannot be successfully argued that this dispute affects the administration of the decedent’s estate.”

The lawyer who filed the application, Charles Harder, said he would take the request to another New York court.

“Robert Trump, Mary Trump and the other family members who settled in 2001, agreed to jurisdiction of future disputes in the Surrogate’s Court of Queens County, New York. This matter therefore was filed in that court,” Harder said in a statement.

“Today, the Surrogate’s Court ruled that it does not have jurisdiction over the dispute. Therefore, Robert Trump will proceed with filing a new lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court.”

A lawyer for Simon & Schuster, the publisher of Mary Trump’s forthcoming book, welcomed the ruling.

“The court has promptly and correctly held that it lacks jurisdiction to grant the Trump family’s baseless request to suppress a book of utmost public importance and concern,” the lawyer, Ted Boutrous, said in a statement.

“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.”

The title of Mary’s Trump’s book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” seems to leave little doubt that it will be poorly received by the president and his allies. The cover of the book features a black-and-white photo of Trump as a young man.

In an interview last week, the president said his niece was legally barred from writing about the family.

“She’s not allowed to write a book,” Trump told Axios. He described the nondisclosure agreement as a “very powerful one. ... It covers everything.”

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