A judge on Thursday disregarded an attempt by President Trump’s younger brother to block Mary L. Trump, the President’s niece, from publishing a forthcoming unflattering tell-all book. Judge Peter J. Kelly of the Queens County Surrogate Court in New York, where Robert S filed a motion for a temporary restraining order Tuesday, dropped the appeal citing a lack of jurisdiction.
In a statement, Ted Boutrous, the renowned First Amendment lawyer who represented Mary Trump, and who also advised CNN in the past, praised the court’s ruling.
Charles Harder, Robert Trump’s attorney and who also advises the president, said his client will continue to take legal action.
The Tuesday filing in New York’s Queens County Surrogate court had argued that Mary Trump’s book for Simon & Schuster, also listed as a defendant, was violating a confidentiality agreement. The filing said lawsuits over his will ensued after Fred Trump ‘s death. As part of a settlement, the filing said both parties, including Mary Trump, have settled to a confidentiality clause. In a tweet, a spokeswoman for Simon & Schuster said the company was “delighted” with Thursday’s court ruling.
Recently, the Trump administration has taken legal action in an effort to bar John Bolton. He is the former national security advisor, from the tell-all book. But the motion of the Department of Justice was denied by a federal judge. It is the writing in his decision that Bolton ‘s book already widely distributed. Also, that the court would not order a national seizure and destruction of a political memoir.
Harder, Robert Trump ‘s attorney, has a history of filing lawsuits on behalf of President Trump against news organizations. Legal analysts dismissed the cases as tricks in public relations with no hope in court success.