Trump’s DOJ SUES Melania’s former BFF over bombshell book that exposed White House ‘Cold War’ with Ivanka
PRESIDENT Trump's Justice Department is suing First Lady Melania’s former friend over a bombshell book that exposed the White House "Cold War" with Ivanka.
The Justice Department made the shocking accusations against Stephanie Winston Wolkoff – the author of a tell-all book about first lady Melania Trump – on Monday.
Wolkoff has been accused of breaking a nondisclosure agreement with the DOJ and asking a court to put aside earnings from the book in a government trust.
The complaint claims Wolkoff failed to submit a draft of her book for government review.
The book, which depicts Melania Trump in a bad light, is titled: "Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady.”
Wolkoff's lawyers did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment.
The complaint said the Justice Department has jurisdiction in the case because of the first lady’s traditional public role dating back to Martha Washington, wife of the first U.S. president, George Washington.
The government asked that any profits Winston Wolkoff might realize from the book and subsequent movie deal or documentaries be set aside into a “constructive trust,” with the monies ultimately going to the Treasury Department.
Published six weeks ago, the book was for a time on the New York Times best seller list. It sells for $16.80 on amazon.com.
“The United States seeks to hold Ms. Wolkoff to her contractual and fiduciary obligations and to ensure that she is not unjustly enriched by her breach of the duties she freely assumed when she served as an adviser to the first lady,” said a copy of the complaint seen by Reuters.
It says Winston Wolkoff and Mrs. Trump in August 2017 sealed a “Gratuitous Services Agreement” related to “nonpublic, privileged and/or confidential information” that she might obtain during her service under the agreement.
“This was a contract with the United States and therefore enforceable by the United States,” said Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec.
Winston Wolkoff’s tenure at the White House ended in early 2018 after it was disclosed that her company had received $26 million to help plan Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.
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