U.S. Justice Dept. Suing Melania’s Former Friend For Breaking NDA With Her
According to Reuters, the Justice Department has filed a complaint accusing Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, formerly a friend and confidant of Melania Trump, of breaking her nondisclosure agreement with the first lady by publishing her tell-all book.
Justice Department lawyers have asked a court to set aside Wolkoff’s profits from the book in a government trust.
In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, Justice Department lawyers said Winston Wolkoff, a former aide who fell out with the first lady, failed to submit to government review a draft of her book, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,” which offers an unflattering portrayal of President Donald Trump’s wife.
“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.
Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said the nondisclosure agreement “was a contract with the United States and therefore enforceable by the United States.”
Along with publishing her book, Wolkoff also released unflattering audio recordings of conversations she had with the first lady, including Melania Trump saying "who gives a f--- about Christmas stuff" and making clear her lack of compassion for migrant children separated from their families at the southern border.
"They say, 'What about the children that are separated?' Give me a f---ing break," she says. "I was trying to get the kid reunited with the mom. I didn't have a chance. It needs to go through the process and the law."