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The tell-all book by President Donald Trump’s niece Mary had its publication date advanced two weeks to July 14 — four days after a judge is scheduled to hold a hearing on the family’s request for an injunction against publication.
Mary Trump’s publisher, Simon & Schuster Inc., said in a statement on Monday that it’s releasing the book sooner than its original July 28 date “due to high demand and extraordinary interest.” Robert Trump, her uncle and the president’s brother, has sued to block the book, alleging it violates a 20-year-old confidentiality agreement struck by family members to resolve a bitter legal fight over the will of Trump family patriarch Fred.
“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,” Mary Trump said in a statement.
Charles Harder, the lawyer representing Robert Trump in the case, didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the new date.
The book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” will include purported psychological observations about the author’s “toxic” family and other personal information, including details from family gatherings. Simon & Schuster said on Monday that the memoir will help explain that Donald Trump reveres a “killer” instinct but disdains “qualities like empathy, kindness, and expertise.”
A New York judge issued a temporary restraining order against both Simon & Schuster and Mary Trump until a July 10 hearing. But an appeals court judge lifted the TRO from the publisher, freeing it to publicize the book ahead of its release.