Ted Boutrous, the renowned First Amendment attorney who represented Mary Trump, and who has also represented CNN in the past, lauded the court’s decision in a statement.
“The court has promptly and correctly held that it lacks jurisdiction to grant the Trump family’s baseless request to suppress a book of utmost public importance,” Boutrous said. “We hope this decision will end the matter.”
“Democracy thrives on the free exchange of ideas,” Boutrous added, “and neither this court nor any other has authority to violate the Constitution by imposing a prior restraint on core political speech.”
Charles Harder, the attorney representing Robert Trump and who also represents the President, said his client will continue to pursue legal action.
“Robert Trump, Mary Trump and the other family members who settled in 2001, agreed to jurisdiction of future disputes in the Surrogate’s Court of Queens County, New York,” Harder said in a statement. “This matter therefore was filed in that court.”
“Today, the Surrogate’s Court ruled that it does not have jurisdiction over the dispute,” Harder continued. “Therefore, Robert Trump will proceed with filing a new lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court.”
In return, Boutrous commented, “We are ready!”
The Tuesday filing in the Queens County Surrogate court in New York had argued that Mary Trump’s book for Simon & Schuster, which was also listed as a defendant, broke a confidentiality agreement.
The filing said that after the death of Fred Trump, litigation ensued over his will. As part of a settlement, the filing said, a confidentiality provision was agreed upon by all parties, including Mary Trump.
A representative for Simon & Schuster didn’t immediately have a comment.