The judge threw out a case Donald Trump’s only surviving younger brother Robert filed. The brothers had hoped to keep their niece’s tell-all memoir away from the people’s eyes. POTUS has already had to gird his loins once against his former staffer John Bolton’s tell-book. The problem was not the books, but that Trump is the lead raptor in a family consisting mostly of birds of prey.
His niece Mary Trump’s upcoming book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man is published by Simon and Schuster and appears to be aptly titled.
Her book is a “harrowing and salacious” tell-all memoir, according to an earlier The Daily Beast article. The book will be released next month, July 28th and portends:
‘[The book] is expected to blow the lid off the Trump family.’
The Donald has a long history of family intrigue. He had already tried to rewrite his father’s will to a vast estate once in 1990, according to The New York Times. Needless to say, the original Fred Trump was not happy. The father was afraid his middle soon would try to siphon off his fortune to prop up the president’s failing business. He took Donald Trump off as sole executor of his estate. Given the president’s ability to bully and mesmerize people, that probably was not worth much after his father died in 1999.
The commander-in-chief speaks often of his elder brother Fred Trump Jr. who died when he was just 43-years-old of a heart attack related to alcoholism. The eldest brother left two children Fred Trump III and Mary Trump, a psychologist and author of the memoir.
After Fred Sr. died, this fatherless brother and sister received $200,000 each from their grandfather’s estate. The four living siblings divided the family fortune and had no trouble withholding health insurance from their dead brother Robert’s grandson, Fred Trump III, who had serious medical conditions.
Queens County Surrogate Court Judge Peter Kelly said that there were “several improprieties” in Robert Trump’s case against the brother’s case against his niece Mary Trump, 51. The judge said:
‘Under the scenario presented, it cannot be successfully argued this dispute affects the administration of the decedent’s estate. The irrefutable conclusion is, regardless of the outcome of this matter, the administration of this estate will not be impacted one iota. Accordingly, the matter is dismissed.’
Mary Trump’s attorney, Theodore Boutrous Jr., released a statement to The Daily Beast. It indicated that the court lacked jurisdiction:
‘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.’
An individual familiar with the incident said the request for a restraining order to prevent the publisher from publishing the book likely had to be refiled in the proper court.
The Donald’s brother Robert hired a “celebrity” attorney Charles Harder, one of the president’s personal attorneys and also the one who killed the publication The Gawker. The attorney spoke to The Daily Beast and verified the information:
‘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. 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.’
Yesterday, The Beast revealed that brother Robert Trump, 72, had been admitted to the Mount Sinai Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) for “a serious condition” just days before he filed the order attempting to kill the book. He was in intensive care for 10 days.
His attorney Charles Harder released a statement to The New York Times:
‘Her attempt to sensationalize and mischaracterize our family relationship after all of these years for her own financial gain is both a travesty and injustice to the memory of my late brother, Fred, and our beloved parents. I and the rest of my entire family are so proud of my wonderful brother, the president, and feel that Mary’s actions are truly a disgrace.’
Mount Sinai has a16-bed NSICU which specializes in:
‘[S]tate of the art, compassionate care of patients who suffer from subarachnoid hemorrhage, acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, subdural hematomas, coma, tumors of the brain and spine, severe or prolonged seizures, neuro-infections, [and] spinal cord injury among others.’
The niece’s attorney, the famous “First Amendment” Boutrous, is out of the Gibson Dunn law firm. He argued Harder’s Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) relates to a “confidentiality clause” that pertained to the earlier lawsuit over the inheritance, and it also silenced the president, his brother Robert, and his former judge sister Maryanne Trump. The legal term for this is called “double facing.”
As such, the man in the Oval Office violated his own NDA, too.
Friday, the president told Axios:
‘She’s not allowed to write a book. You know, when we settled with her and her brother, who I do have a good relationship with—she’s got a brother, Fred, who I do have a good relationship with, but when we settled, she has a total… signed a nondisclosure.’
The book is expected to describe a dynastic drama where current legal problems swirl in a whirlpool of legal struggles. and is “threatening to consume the Trump family, even as Donald J. Trump continues his fight this year to keep the White House from falling into Democratic hands.”
The president apparently was caught completely off-guard by his niece’s book.
It appears that Mary Trump’s book is just one of several — written by his foes who include his former National Security Adviser John Bolton and his former longtime fixer and lawyer Michael Cohen. Apparently, they have decided to hit back 10 times harder, too, and make some coin while doing so.
Mary Trump’s attorney Jessica Denson worked on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign as the Hispanic outreach coordinator. She has been trying to make invalid her own nondisclosure agreement (NDA) and “all NDA’s from the Trump campaign by working her way through the court system.” She called them “unlawful” and failing “to allow staffers to make claims regarding workplace discrimination.”
Chief Operating Officer for the Trump 2020 campaign Michael Glasser released a statement to The Daily Beast last year:
‘All of our employees sign a non-disclosure agreement.’
On Wednesday. one of Denson’s attorneys David Bowles said:
‘President Trump is clearly NDA-happy. He has used NDAs to suppress his supporters and former supporters, and invalidating those NDAs is the point of our current class action. Now he’s trying to suppress his own family members using an NDA. All of this is intended to quash the criticism that is at the heart of a vibrant democracy.’
He continued calling the NDAs “dastardly:”
‘I am not willing to be one of the many who Trump has abused, or to be used as a tool for him to abuse the American people and presidency, and that is why I am fighting to invalidate his dastardly NDAs.’
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