Simon & Schuster will publish Too Much and Never Enough by Mary Trump, who is President Donald Trump’s niece, on July 14, while a legal battle with her family over the book’s publication continues.
The publication date was moved up by two weeks due to “high demand and extraordinary interest” Simon & Schuster said in a statement.
The book’s publication was blocked June 30 by a state judge in Poughkeepsie, who issued a temporary restraining order until a July 10 hearing into whether the book violated a confidentiality agreement between Mary Trump and her relatives that resulted from a settlement of litigation over the estate of Fred Trump Sr.
The next day a different judge removed Simon & Schuster from the restraining order, which, according to Politico, allows the company to publish the book, though the publisher assumes the risk of violating the barrier of any “agent” of Mary Trump from moving forward with the book.
Mary Trump responded to the restraining order on July 2 with an affidavit claiming she had signed the confidentiality agreement under false pretenses after having been lied to about the value of family properties, which she said invalidated the agreement, according to the New York Times.
Trump also wrote in the affidavit: “Once the book was formally accepted by Simon & Schuster, I lost any ability to prevent or delay the publication of the first edition of the book. Indeed, I have no control even over the publication date,” reports Politico.
“The act by a sitting president to muzzle a private citizen is just the latest in a series of disturbing behaviors which have already destabilized a fractured nation in the face of a global pandemic,” a spokesperson for Mary Trump told Forbes.
“If Mary [Trump] cannot comment, one can only help but wonder: What is Donald Trump so afraid of?” said a spokesperson for the author.
The publisher advertises the book as Mary Trump’s explanation of how specific events and general family patterns created the damaged man who currently occupies the Oval Office, including the strange and harmful relationship between Fred Trump and his two oldest sons, Fred Jr. and Donald.” In the book she is also expected to reveal her role as a source in the New York Times investigation into the origins of Donald Trump’s fortune.