Jun 25, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump family's attempt to halt tell-all book blocked by New York judge

President Trump exits down a set of stairs

President Trump disembarks from Air Force One in Green Bay, Wisconsin on June 25. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The Trump family's attempt to block the publication of a forthcoming tell-all book by the president's niece was blocked on Thursday by a New York City judge, AP reports.

Driving the news: "She's not allowed to write a book," Trump told Axios' Jonathan Swan this week, referring to Mary Trump, the daughter of Fred Trump Jr., the president's deceased oldest brother. "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."

  • Trump said that his niece's nondisclosure agreement with him was a "very powerful one. ... It covers everything."

Details: Judge Peter Kelly ruled on Thursday that "the Surrogates Court lacked jurisdiction in this case," per AP.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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