A New York judge has released Mary Trump from a temporary restraining order, allowing the President’s niece to speak freely about her family and promote her widely anticipated tell-all book.
The ruling, made by Judge Hal Greenwald of the New York State Supreme Court, the state’s trial court, came just one day before the book was expected to hit shelves on Tuesday.
The book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” is listed as a bestseller on Amazon where it has already topped charts. The text has also grabbed the attention of media outlets in recent weeks where some of the book’s juicier portions were leaked following an earlier New York appellate judge reversal of a lower court’s temporary block of the book’s publication. But up until Monday, the book’s author, Mary Trump, had been barred from making appearances to promote the book.
Theodore Boutrous, the attorney who represented Mary Trump, lauded the court decision on Monday, saying that the court “got it right” in ruling to reject “the Trump family’s effort to squelch Mary Trump’s core political speech on important issues of public concern,” according to CNN.
“The First Amendment forbids prior restraints because they are intolerable infringements on the right to participate in democracy,” Boutrous added.
The motion to block the book had been brought by President Donald Trump’s brother, Robert Trump, who argued that it violated a 20-year-old confidentiality agreement over the will of her grandfather, Fred Trump Sr.
Simon & Schuster, the publishers, issued a statement to CNN after the ruling, saying it was “delighted” by the court’s decision.
“The unfettered right to publish is a sacred American freedom and a founding principle of our republic, and we applaud the Court for affirming well-established precedents against prior restraint and pre-publication injunctions,” Simon & Schuster said.
The White House has denied many of the book’s claims, including an accusation that the president cheated on his SATs, calling the claim “clearly in the author’s own financial self-interest.”