According to the US Department of Justice, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former aide who quarreled with the first lady, has not submitted a draft of her scrapbook for government review.
The United States Department of Justice has accused the author of a scrapbook on First Lady Melania Trump of breaching her nondisclosure agreement and asked a court to put profits from the book aside in a state trust.
In a complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, Justice Department attorneys Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adjutant who argued with the first lady, said she failed to pass a draft of her book Melania and Me for review Submit the Government: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady, who offers an unflattering portrayal of President Donald Trump’s wife.
There was no immediate comment from attorneys for Wolkoff.
The complaint states that the Justice Department has jurisdiction because of the traditional public role of the first lady, which goes back to Martha Washington, the wife of the first US president, George Washington.
The government demanded that any profits Winston Wolkoff might make from the book and subsequent film deals or documentaries be converted into “constructive trust,” with funds ultimately going to the finance department.
The book, published six weeks ago, was at times on the New York Times bestseller list. It sells for $ 16.80 on Amazon.com.
“The United States is trying to bind Ms. Wolkoff to her contractual and fiduciary obligations and to ensure that she is not unduly enriched by her breach of duties freely assumed as a consultant to the First Lady,” a copy of the said Complaint seen by Reuters News Agency.
Wolkoff and Ms. Trump signed an “Agreement on Free Services” in August 2017, which refers to “non-public, privileged and / or confidential information” that they might receive while on duty under the agreement.
“This was a treaty with the United States and therefore enforceable by the United States,” said Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec.
Wolkoff’s tenure in the White House ended in early 2018 after it was revealed that her company had raised $ 26 million to plan Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.
She helped produce Trump’s inauguration and later worked for the First Lady as an unpaid adviser to the White House.
The White House dismissed her book as “full of falsehoods and paranoia”.
Ms. Trump expressed her support for the care that migrant children, separated from their families, received in U.S. detention centers, according to a series of classified recordings released and broadcast on CNN earlier this month
When the tapes were released on October 1, Chief of Staff and spokeswoman for the first lady, Stephanie Grisham, said Wolkoff’s “only intention is to secretly record the first lady in order to sell herself and her great book”.