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Justice Department Sues Author of Melania Trump Tell-All Book

Former advisor to First Lady broke nondisclosure agreement in new book.

The Department of Justice sued the author of a book about first lady Melania Trump, claiming that Stephanie Winston Wolkoff broke a nondisclosure agreement that barred her from revealing confidential information obtained during her work for the president’s wife.

The lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C., asks a judge to order Winston Wolkoff to surrender any profits from her book, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,” to a government trust.

Winston Wolkoff, who had been close friends with Melania Trump, previously served as a volunteer advisor to the first lady after President Donald Trump took office in 2017.

The suit, whose lead signatory is acting Assistant Attorney General John Coghlan, accuses Winston Wolkoff of “flat violation” of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary obligations to the first lady.

The complaint says that Winston Wolkoff agreed in 2017 to a so-called gratuitous services agreement. That pact contained a confidentiality clause in which she “promised to maintain strict confidentiality over ‘nonpublic, privileged and/or confidential information’ that she might obtain during her service,” the suit says. That deal “included no termination date” for its conditions, according to the suit, which says that Wolkoff had “access to significant confidential information related to the First Lady’s official duties as well as to more private aspects of her role in the First Family.”

The Justice Department also claims that Winston Wolkoff had “indirect access to deliberative information, to which the First Lady was privy, related to the President’s official duties on behalf of the country.”

Despite Winston Wolkoff’s promise of confidentiality, the Justice Department said, she “has written a book that Simon & Schuster [the book’s publisher] promotes as a ‘scathing tell-all’ and an ‘epic scream of a tell-all.’” The book was published at the beginning of September.

The suit says Winston Wolkoff never submitted a draft of the book to Melania Trump, her chief of staff, or to the Office of the White House Counsel and “never received authorization to disclose any information she learned pursuant to her work under the Agreement.”

Winston Wolkoff previously told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that in the weeks before the book went on sale, she was contacted by both the White House and the Justice Department in an effort to stop its publication. “A couple of months ago, I had a cease-and-desist” warning, Winston Wolkoff said in that interview. “The last thing that any of these people want is for the truth to be told.”

In an interview last month with ABC’s “The View,” Winston Wolkoff said, “I did not break the NDA,” referring to the nondisclosure agreement. “I’ve been working with First Amendment lawyers the entire time, pre-publishing lawyers, so this was handled extremely carefully,” Winston Wolkoff said.

The lawsuit comes on the heels of failed legal efforts by President Trump’s late brother Robert to prevent the publication of another tell-all book, one written by their niece, Mary Trump, which portrays the president in a damning light.

Winston Wolkoff, 49, is a past fashion director of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, and former director of special events at Vogue magazine. She also served as executive producer of Trump’s inauguration.

Her book says that Melania Trump delayed moving into the White House to allow for the renovation of her bathroom because she wanted to avoid using the same shower and toilet that ex-first lady Michelle Obama had used.

A spokeswoman for Melania Trump, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, and a press representative for Simon & Schuster did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the lawsuit.

The first lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham previously told NBC News, when asked about Winston Wolkoff, “Anybody who secretly tapes their self-described best friend is by definition dishonest.”

“The book is full of mistruths and paranoia and clearly based on some imagined need for revenge.”

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  • Elizabeth Estrada
    18 October 2020 at 8:58 pm
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    WHAT’S with THESE PEOPLE…with their KISS and TELL BOOKS. $$$$$$ SOME of these BOOKS have LIES…NO DIRECT EVIDENCE…EXAGGERATIONS…FABRICATIONS…ADDED WORDS and SCENARIOS. Iam STILL WORKING on MY BIO – “BOOK of CHIAKIA”. It Should BE ONE of the BESTSELLERS of ALL TIME. GOD wants it to be SEPARATE from the HOLY BIBLE. MAIN CHARACTERS- GOD..JESUS..SAMURAI QUEEN..SATAN…FALLEN ANGELS…DEMONS…SAMURAI WARRIORS…GOOD ANGELS…BRAVE MEN and WOMEN Who Made it to HEAVEN. A PARAGRAPH READS…I lost 6 of my Samurai Warriors…the FALLEN ANGELS AMBUSHED them. The BATTLE Between GOOD and EVIL began in 1990. GOD had Appointed Me to CAPTURE the FALLEN ANGELS and IMPRISON them. HE wanted them to be kept ALIVE. EVEN though My Team Members were being KILLED.GOD had gathered together REINFORCEMENTS. From SamuraiQueen.

  • WJH
    18 October 2020 at 10:44 pm
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    The Trump’s get used and abused by so called friends. The snake pit runs far & deep in WDC.
    We have seen the turnstyle of so call trusted admin officials turn on POTUS at will. Instead of resigning they undermine. The deep state actors hate a POTUS that doesn’t conform to their duplicity.
    POTUS Trump is the first elected official that actually lives his “Oath of Office” and always places the American People first and foremost ib all decisions.
    You may not like POTUS’s tweets or his back alley fighting but, the public would know nothing of his accomplishments without tweets. The msm has a total blackout on any positive reports. This, coupled with phony investigations with zero evidence has drive POTUS to respond. The FBI, CIA & msm all conspiring against him 24/7. Who would of thought such evil exists in this country. But, it does and POTUS has reveled it to the American People.
    Thank You President Trump. May you win the next election by a land slide.

  • Ann Marie Galloway
    19 October 2020 at 12:11 am
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    So happy to hear that justice will be implement. No one especially the First Lady deserves such horrid betrayal

  • Texas Tea Partier
    19 October 2020 at 2:43 am
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    The DOJ needs to do a lot more than just file suit.

  • flashy0ne
    19 October 2020 at 4:09 am
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    I guess there is only one comment — “What are friends for?? — to stab you in the back” !!

  • floridabob
    23 October 2020 at 10:26 pm
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    I wouldn’t use Michael Osama’s toilet either.

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