The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Stephanie Winston Wolkoff over her recently published anthology on First Lady Melania Trump, for which she previously served as an assistant.
The lawsuit was filed in the District Court in Washington, DC. Wolkoff – a former best friend of Melania Trump – broke a nondisclosure agreement and did not submit a draft of the book to the government for review.
The government claims that Wolkoff “promised to maintain the strict confidentiality of” non-public, privileged and / or confidential information “when she volunteered as an advisor to the First Lady in 2017. This nondisclosure agreement should not have had a termination date.
Because Justice Department attorneys had not submitted a draft of her book for review, they claimed she had not received the necessary authorization to divulge the details contained in the book, which they found were labeled “devastating tell-all”
The government demands that the profits from the book and all associated media – such as a film – be directed towards a “constructive trust”.
A Justice Department spokesman said in a statement that this was “a treaty with the United States and therefore enforceable by the United States.”
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The book contains critical allegations about Melania Trump, including allegations that she renovated the White House bathroom to avoid using the same facilities as former First Lady Michelle Obama. It describes alleged tensions with Ivanka Trump.
The book also references internal discussions between the President and Melania Trump over policies such as lifting a ban on imports of large game trophies.
Wolkoff left the White House in 2018.
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