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.
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