The complaint asserts that Wolkoff violated a nondisclosure agreement and asks for profits from the book to be secured in a government trust. It also says that neither the first lady, her chief of staff nor the White House counsel’s office received a draft of the book from Wolkoff and that the former adviser never sought authorization to disclose details of her work for the first lady.
CNN has reached out to the Justice Department and Wolkoff for comment.
Wolkoff’s book, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,” details the fallout from Wolkoff’s working and personal relationship with Melania Trump, including private conversations between the two.
Wolkoff also details the efforts she and, allegedly, Melania took to block the President’s daughter Ivanka Trump from appearing in photos of the President’s swearing-in ceremony.
The East Wing has previously asserted that Wolkoff breached the nondisclosure agreement. After the recording was made public in the press, the first lady’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement: “Secretly taping the first lady and willfully breaking an NDA to publish a salacious book is a clear attempt at relevance.”
This isn’t the first time the Justice Department has gone after former Trump staffers publishing books about their time working in the White House.
CNN’s Kate Bennett, Katelyn Polantz and Caroline Kelly contributed to this report.