Trump sues niece, NY Times over records behind '18 tax story
Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday sued his estranged niece and The New York Times over a bombshell 2018 story about his family’s wealth and tax practices that was based on confidential documents she provided to the newspaper’s reporters.
Hunter Biden's memoir 'Beautiful Things' out in April
This cover image released by Gallery Books shows "Beautiful Things" a memoir by Hunter Biden. Biden, son of President Joe Biden and an ongoing target for conservatives, has a memoir coming out April 6. (Gallery Books via AP)NEW YORK – Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden and an ongoing target for conservatives, has a memoir coming out April 6. The book is called “Beautiful Things” and will center on the younger Biden's well publicized struggles with substance abuse, according to Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Hunter Biden is a lawyer and former lobbyist whose work helped lead to the first impeachment of Trump.
No surprise: Trump left many clues he wouldn't go quietly
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump left plenty of clues he'd try to burn the place down on his way out the door. The clues piled on at light speed when Trump lost the election and wouldn't admit it. Maybe it wasn't.”Over the arc of his presidency and his life, by his own words and actions, Trump hated losing and wouldn't own up to it when it happened. We could see it coming.”Mary Trump saw it coming from her unique vantage point as a clinical psychologist and Trump niece. And during a debate with Biden, Trump wouldn’t criticize the neo-fascist Proud Boys.
Niece says ‘cruel and traitorous’ Trump belongs in prison
President Donald Trump’s niece says her uncle is “criminal, cruel and traitorous” and belongs in prison after he leaves the White House. In September, Mary Trump sued the president, Robert Trump and their sister Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired federal judge, alleging that they cheated her out of millions of dollars while squeezing her out of the family business. Robert Trump died in August and the lawsuit is pending. Mary Trump said the president's post-election behavior “makes perfect sense,” given his personality, psychology, and lifelong disdain for losers. No ex-president has ever been arrested after leaving office, but Mary Trump argues that shielding powerful people from punishment has historically harmed the country.
Out magazine names Lizzo, Monae, Maddow to its Out100 list
NEW YORK – Award-winning singers Lizzo and Janelle Monae, Apple CEO Tim Cook and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow have made Out magazine’s 2020 Out100 list. Honorees will be celebrated Saturday at the first 2020 Out100 Virtual Honoree Induction Ceremony, which will stream live at 8 p.m. EDT at Out.com/Out100Live. Others who made this year’s list include Donald Trump’s niece, the psychologist and author Mary Trump, former baseball player Billy Bean, teen rapper Kidd Kenn and actors Lili Reinhardt, Cheyenne Jackson, Jonathan Bennett and Dashaun Wesley. Several members of President-elect Joe Biden’s team made the Out100 list, including Jamal Brown, Reggie Greer and Karine Jean-Pierre. ___This story corrects the spelling of André Leon Talley.
Trump books will continue after Trump leaves office
NEW YORK – One of publishing's most thriving genres of the past four years, books about President Donald Trump, is not going to end when he leaves office. In 2021 and beyond, look for waves of releases about the Trump administration and about the president's loss to Democratic candidate Joe Biden. “But there are tens of millions of Americans who look to the Trump presidency as an important time and are fans of his administration. Center Street, a Hachette Book Group imprint, has published Donald Trump Jr., Newt Gingrich and Judge Jeanine Pirro among others. Any publisher signing with Trump or a top administration official might face the anger not just of Trump critics among the general public, but from within the industry.
Trump niece files suit saying family cheated her of millions
FILE - This Sept. 23, 2020, file photo shows President Donald Trump speaking during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, in Washington. At a briefing, White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany denied any fraud was committed against Mary Trump. Mary Trump and her brother, Fred Trump III, inherited various real estate business interests when her father, Fred Trump Jr., died in 1981 at 42 after a struggle with alcoholism. It said the action amounted to “unfathomable cruelty” because Fred Trump III's third child, born hours after Fred Trump Sr.'s funeral, was having seizures and required extensive medical care including months in a neonatal intensive care unit. In keeping with a confidentiality clause in a settlement of the dispute over Fred Trump Sr.'s will, lawyers for Mary Trump refused to say how much she received.
Woodward's 'Rage' sells 600,000 copies in first week
(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)NEW YORK – Bob Woodward's “Rage” sold more than 600,000 copies in its first week of publication, continuing a yearlong wave of blockbuster books about President Donald Trump. Simon & Schuster announced Wednesday that Woodward's book will be going into its fourth printing, with total books in print to be 1.3 million copies. Featuring 18 interviews with President Trump, including one in which he acknowledges in February the potential severity of the coronavirus, “Rage” has topped Amazon.com and other bestseller lists since coming out Sept. 15. Woodward's previous Trump book, “Fear,” has sold 2 million copies since its 2018 release. The first week sales for “Rage” includes hardcovers, audiobooks and e-books.
Maddow beneficiary of scramble for attention by authors
NEW YORK – It's high season for books that pick apart Donald Trump's presidency, and Rachel Maddow is a big beneficiary. With less than two months before the election, authors are elbowing each other for space on the best-seller lists. Conservative authors have also sought attention for new books during the political season. That was the case with Schmidt's book. Maddow gave more attention to Schmidt's discussion about why Trump's personal and business dealings with Russia have not been investigated.
Trump convention speech coverage highlights nation's divide
This was unquestionably the best Donald Trump production ever, ABC News analyst Sara Fagen said as fireworks burst over Washington. I just kept thinking, the longer this goes on, the more people are going to get sick, Mary Trump said on MSNBC. I am heartbroken.MSNBC's Reid was visibly angered by the use of the White House as the setting for the president's speech just the sort of bold gesture his fans were likely to love. This was repugnant to see a campaign sign festooned on our property, the White House, with a big iron gate outside so the people can't even come in, she said. It was one of the longest and lowest-energy speeches I have ever seen the president give, said ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl.
Trump's younger brother, Robert, is hospitalized in New York
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's younger brother, Robert Trump, has been hospitalized in New York, according to the White House. The president is expected to visit his 72-year-old brother at a hospital in Manhattan on Friday, according to White House spokesperson Judd Deere. The White House did not immediately release details about why Robert Trump had been hospitalized. Robert Trump recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Trump family seeking to stop publication of a tell-all book by the presidents niece Mary titled Too Much and Never Enough." Robert Trump had previously worked for his older brother at the Trump Organization.
Bob Woodward's new Trump book, 'Rage,' due out next month
WASHINGTON Veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward's new book about President Donald Trump is titled Rage and will be released Sept. 15, less than two months before Election Day, according to a listing on Amazon.com. Publisher Simon & Schuster says the forthcoming book follows Trumps moves as he faces a global pandemic, economic disaster and racial unrest. It says Woodward conducted a series of exclusive interviews with the president. The Amazon listing also notes that Woodward obtained 25 personal letters between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, including one in which Kim describes their bond as something out of a fantasy film.Woodward's first book about the Trump presidency, Fear, was published in 2018 and went to No. 1 on The New York Times' nonfiction bestseller list. Simon & Schuster was the publisher of two books this year that were harshly critical of Trump: The Room Where It Happened, by former national security adviser John Bolton, and Too Much and Never Enough, by Trump's niece Mary Trump.
Rachel Maddow and Mary Trump make formidable TV combination
CBS won the week in prime time, averaging 3.2 million viewers. NBC had 3 million, ABC had 2.8 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Fox had 1.3 million, ION Television reached 1.1 million and Telemundo had 820,000. Fox News Channel led the cable networks with an average of 2.94 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC was second with 2.03 million, CNN had 1.59 million, HGTV had 1.29 million and TLC had 1.26 million. ABC's World News Tonight led the evening news networks with an average of 8.9 million viewers.
Mary Trump book already nearing 1 million sales
NEW YORK Mary L. Trump's scathing memoir about her uncle, President Donald Trump, is nearly a million seller on preorders alone. Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that Mary Trump's Too Much and Never Enough had sold a company record 950,000 copies in combined print, digital and audio editions as of its date of sale, earlier this week. Another anti-Trump book from Simon & Schuster, former National Security Advisor John Bolton's The Room Where It Happened, sold nearly 800,000 copies in its first week when released last month. President Trump and his allies had tried to stop both books from coming out, alleging that Bolton had revealed classified information and that Mary Trump had violated a nondisclosure agreement. Judges in each case denied requests for injunctions.
Mary Trump's book offers devastating portrayal of president
NEW YORK President Donald Trumps niece offered a devastating portrayal of him in a book that credits a perfect storm of catastrophes" for exposing the president at his worst. Early copies of the book, slated for publication next week, became available on Tuesday. Mary Trump is the daughter of Fred Trump Jr., the presidents elder brother, who died in 1981. Robert Trump had argued in legal papers that Mary Trump was subject to a 20-year-old agreement between family members that no one would publish accounts involving the core family members without their approval. In the book, Mary Trump writes that current challenges have weakened the president's usual tools for shielding himself from blame.
Tell-all book by Trump niece to be released next week
NEW YORK A tell-all book by President Donald Trump's niece that has been the subject of a legal battle will be released next week. Publisher Simon & Schuster cited high interest and extraordinary interest in the book by Mary Trump titled Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the Worlds Most Dangerous Man. The book was originally set for release on July 28, but will now arrive on July 14. Mary Trump is the daughter of Fred Trump Jr., the presidents elder brother, who died in 1981. Mary L. Trump has the education, insight, and intimate familiarity needed to reveal what makes Donald, and the rest of her clan, tick, a release about the book said. The book is expected to include a number of allegations about President Trump, including how his upbringing led to his worldview and the derision he showed his father after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Appeals court lifts restraint against Trump book publisher
NEW YORK – A New York appeals court cleared the way Wednesday for a publisher to distribute a tell-all book by President Donald Trump’s niece over the objections of the president’s brother. Robert Trump had sued Mary Trump to block publication of a book promoted to contain an “insider’s perspective” of “countless holiday meals,” “family interactions" and “family events.”An email seeking comment was sent to Robert Trump's lawyer Wednesday. The appeals court noted it was ruling after hearing oral arguments from lawyers for Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster and before lawyers for Robert Trump submitted opposition papers. In court papers, the publisher said it was not aware of an agreement between Mary Trump and her relatives until she was sued. In a statement, Simon and Schuster said it was gratified with the ruling, which it said would let Mary Trump tell her story.
Judge temporarily blocks tell-all book by Trump's niece
A tell-all book by President Donald Trumps niece cannot be published until a judge decides the merits of claims by the presidents brother that its publication would violate a pact among family members, a judge said Tuesday. The book, scheduled to be published in July, was written by Mary Trump, the daughter of Fred Trump Jr., the presidents elder brother, who died in 1981. Robert Trump argues Mary Trump must comply with a written agreement among family members that such a book cannot be published without permission from other family members. Mary Trumps lawyer, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, promised an immediate appeal. Charles Harder, an attorney for Robert Trump, said his client was very pleased."
NYC judge rejects Trump family effort to halt tell-all book
WASHINGTON A New York City judge has dismissed a claim by Donald Trumps brother that sought to halt the publication of a tell-all book by the presidents niece. In a ruling handed down on Thursday, Judge Peter Kelly said the Surrogates Court lacked jurisdiction in the case. Mary Trump is the daughter of Fred Trump Jr., the presidents elder brother, who died in 1981. Robert Trumps lawyers filed court papers earlier this week arguing that Mary Trump and others had signed a settlement agreement that would prohibit her from writing the book. The agreement related to the will of Donald Trumps father, New York real estate developer Fred Trump.
Trump's brother seeks to halt family tell-all book
WASHINGTON President Donald Trumps brother is asking a New York City judge to prevent the presidents niece from publishing a tell-all book, which is expected to be released later this month. The settlement agreement related to the will of Donald Trumps father, New York real estate developer Fred Trump. Confidentiality was at the essence of the Settlement agreement, the court papers say. Robert Trump argues the publication of the book is prohibited by the settlement agreement reached in 2001 and he never consented to it being published. The motion seeks an injunction to prevent Mary Trump and the book's publisher, Simon & Schuster, from releasing it.