Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Melania Trump book author, sued by Justice Department

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Melania Trump book author, sued by Justice Department


The Justice Department on Tuesday sued the author of a tell-all book about first lady Melania Trump, claiming the ex-friend broke a 2017 non-disclosure agreement.

Justice Department lawyers asked a federal judge in Washington, D.C. to order Stephanie Winston Wolkoff to surrender any profits from her book, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,” to a government trust.

Ms. Wolkoff had been close friends with Mrs. Trump and had volunteered to serve as an adviser to the first lady after President Trump took office.

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The 16-page complaint says the non-disclosure deal barred Ms. Wolkoff from disclosing confidential information she obtained while working in the White House. Justice Department lawyers say the agreement required Ms. Wolkoff to submit a draft to the White House for review or receive written permission to publish it.

Simon & Schuster published the book in early September.

“Ms. Wolkoff breached the [confidentiality agreement] by disclosing her manuscript to

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