Donald Trump has always lived for the limelight. Well, now he’s got a searchlight on him and it won’t stop until he’s gone. Trump and siblings attempted for a second time to enjoin publication of niece Mary Trump’s tell-all book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” and it failed for a second time in a New York appellate court Wednesday. It’s now scheduled to be released the end of July. It’s already number one on the Amazon best seller list, bumping John Bolton’s book to number two. New York Times:
In his decision, Justice [Alan] Scheinkman ruled that Simon & Schuster was not a party to — and thus could not be bound by — the confidentiality agreement, which was signed by Ms. Trump, Donald Trump and the president’s two siblings, Robert S. Trump and Maryanne Trump Barry. […]
“The legitimate interest in preserving family secrets may be one thing for the family of a real estate developer, no matter how successful,” Justice Scheinkman wrote. “It is another matter for the family of the president of the United States.” […]
Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., a lawyer for Ms. Trump, said on Wednesday that he planned to file a formal appeal of the lower court’s ruling on Thursday.
“It is very good news that the prior restraint against Simon & Schuster has been vacated,” Mr. Boutrous said, “and we look forward to filing our brief tomorrow in the trial court explaining why the same result is required as to Ms. Trump, based on the First Amendment and basic contract law.
The remote controls are probably flying through the air at the White House as we speak. The book has got to be damning, as much effort as Trump and siblings have gone to to repress it. Maybe somebody should tell them about the Streisand effect.