PRESIDENT Donald Trump has considered filing a lawsuit against his niece over her unflattering tell-all memoir about him, reports claim.
The president told his confidantes he’s asked his lawyers to look into possible legal retribution, such as a cease and desist letter, against Mary Trump after learning about her book, according to two people familiar with the situation.
One of the sources told the Daily Beast on Tuesday that Trump appeared vexed since learning of Mary’s book on Sunday night and at one point mentioned an NDA she signed years ago.
The publisher is also releasing John Bolton’s memoir next week, in which Trump‘s former national security adviser sheds new light on the president’s impeachment and relationships with foreign countries.
Bolton was ousted from the Trump administration last fall after he and the president butted heads over foreign policy challenges in the Middle East and North Korea.
Trump filed a lawsuit attempting to block the publication of Bolton’s book Tuesday afternoon and called his ex-adviser’s book “highly inappropriate.”
He told reporters on Monday Bolton will have a “very strong criminal problem” if he publishes the memoir.
In her book, Mary is expected to discuss difficult internal family dynamics and provide perspective on a younger Trump.
“She explains how specific events and general family patterns created the damaged man who currently occupies the Oval Office, including the strange and harmful relationship between Fred Trump and his two oldest sons, Fred Jr and Donald,” according to an Amazon blurb for the book.
The president’s estranged niece is also expected to reveal herself as a primary source behind an award-winning New York Times investigation into her uncle’s finances.
The relatives’ animosity dates back to a lawsuit filed by Mary and her brother against Trump and his siblings in 2000 to dispute money left to them by the estate of the president’s father, Fred Trump.
The lawsuit claimed Fred’s 1991 will was “procured by fraud and undue influence” on the part of Trump and his siblings as the family patriarch suffered from dementia, according to the New York Daily News.
Mary Trump signed an NDA in 2001 following a settlement after the lawsuit disputing her grandfather’s estate, people familiar with the matter told the Daily Beast.
The agreement states she’s not allowed to publish anything regarding the filing or her relationship with Trump, his sister Maryanne, and his brother Robert.
A second lawsuit filed by Mary and her brother claimed their health insurance provided by the Trump company was canceled as retaliation for the first legal action, according to the BBC.
Mary appeared to rebel against her family again in 2016 – she called her uncle’s election “one of the worst nights” of her life in a tweet on the day of his election.
In another post, she called her uncle’s defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton “an extraordinary human being and public servant.”
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Trump’s 55-year-old niece is the daughter of his older brother, Fred Trump Jr, who died at the age of 42 in 1981.
According to a now-deleted LinkedIn profile, Mary is a certified professional life coach who holds a bachelor’s in English Literature from Tufts University.
Public records show she lives on Long Island, New York, according to PEOPLE.