The drama continues between the White House and Omarosa over her new tell-all book, Unhinged. The book, which was released on Aug. 14, will likely top the bestseller list next week but President Trump’s legal team is threatening action against publisher Simon and Schuster.
According to a letter sent by Trump’s lawyer and obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, Omarosa Manigault-Newman is “prohibited from disclosing confidential information about Trump, any of Trump’s family members and the Trump Organization. She also is allegedly prohibited from saving, storing or memorializing any confidential information — which could put those now infamous tapes at issue. Additionally, Manigault-Newman is said to be prohibited from disparaging Trump.”
From the letter:
“Now that you are aware of these contractual provisions, and Ms. Manigault-Newman’s breaches thereof, the Company will have claims against you, and all persons working in concert with you, should you proceed with publishing and selling the Book,” states the letter. “Such claims would include, among others, tortious interference with the Agreement, and inducement of Ms. Manigault-Newman to breach the Agreement.”
Elizabeth McNamara of Davis Wright Tremaine, which represents Simon & Schuster and its imprint, Gallery Books, responded with this statement.
“Despite various legal claims and threats made by representatives of the Trump campaign, Gallery Books and Simon & Schuster are proceeding as planned with publication of ‘Unhinged’ by Omarosa Manigault Newman, confident that we are acting well within our rights and responsibilities as a publisher.”
“Private contracts like the NDA may not be used to censor former or current government officials from speaking about non-classified information learned during the course of their public employment,” she wrote, citing case law.
She also said that Simon & Schuster would preserve documents related to the book but noted that “we want to remind you that the Trump campaign must comply with the same legal obligations regarding the President, his administration, his family members, their businesses, and the Trump Campaign, and must ensure that all appropriate measures to preserve such documents are in place.”
Library Journal notes that the Trump team also tried to stop Fire and Fury, but that only helped fuel its popularity.
So far, it’s been the biggest seller of 2018. Betting Omarosa’s book also gets a “Trump bump” because as they say, there’s no such thing as bad publicity.