JUDGE RULES MARY TRUMP CAN PUB­LI­CIZE BOOK ABOUT UN­CLE

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD | BUSINESS - BY LARRY NEUMEISTER

NEW YORK — Mary Trump can talk about the highly crit­i­cal book she wrote about her un­cle, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, over the ob­jec­tions of the pres­i­dent’s brother, a judge ruled Mon­day as he lifted an or­der that had blocked her from pub­li­ciz­ing or dis­tribut­ing her work.

Judge Hal B. Green­wald in Pough­keep­sie, New York, re­jected ar­gu­ments by the brother, Robert Trump, that Mary Trump is blocked from talk­ing about fam­ily mem­bers pub­licly by an agree­ment rel­a­tives made to set­tle the es­tate of her fa­ther af­ter his death.

The judge said the con­fi­den­tial­ity clauses in the 2001 agree­ment “viewed in the con­text of the cur­rent Trump fam­ily cir­cum­stances in 2020, would ... of­fend pub­lic pol­icy as a prior re­straint on pro­tected speech.”

“Not­with­stand­ing that the book has been pub­lished and distribute­d in great quan­ti­ties, to en­join Mary L. Trump at this junc­ture would be in­cor­rect and serve no pur­pose. It would be moot,” the judge wrote.

Green­wald said the con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ment that set­tled mul­ti­ple law­suits mainly con­cerned the fi­nan­cial as­pect of the deal, which isn’t as in­ter­est­ing now as it might have been two decades ago.

“On the other hand, the non-con­fi­den­tial part of the agree­ment, the Trump fam­ily re­la­tion­ships may be more in­ter­est­ing now in 2020 with a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion on the hori­zon,” the judge said.

He also wrote that Robert Trump had not shown any dam­age that the book’s pub­li­ca­tion would cause him­self or the pub­lic.

Robert Trump is not fre­quently men­tioned in the book.

Mary Trump, a trained psy­chol­o­gist and Don­ald Trump’s only niece, wrote in the book that she had “no prob­lem call­ing Don­ald a nar­cis­sist — he meets all nine cri­te­ria as out­lined in the “Di­ag­nos­tic and Sta­tis­ti­cal Man­ual of Men­tal Dis­or­ders.”

The judge re­versed or­ders he had is­sued tem­po­rar­ily block­ing Mary Trump and her pub­lisher, Simon & Schus­ter, from pub­lish­ing or dis­tribut­ing a tell-all book about the pres­i­dent. An ap­peals judge al­ready had lifted the or­der block­ing Simon & Schus­ter.

The book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Fam­ily Cre­ated the World’s Most Dan­ger­ous Man,” was orig­i­nally to be pub­lished at the end of July. The pub­lisher an­nounced last week it would be pub­lished Tues­day.

SIMON & SCHUS­TER (LEFT); PETER SERLING/SIMON & SCHUS­TER, VIA AP

Mary Trump’s “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Fam­ily Cre­ated the World’s Most Dan­ger­ous Man” is to be pub­lished to­day, ac­cord­ing to Simon & Schus­ter.

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