The Trump presidency will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most unique administrations of the modern era, and for good reason: This first term from the Washington outsider has shaken The Beltway to its core, and brought a number of unprecedented situations to the forefront of our political portraiture.
But not everyone has enjoyed the change of scenery and the scuttling of the status quo. In fact, a number of former Trump administration insiders have left Washington less enthused about No. 45 than when they arrived, and they’ve gone on to deliver scathing rebukes of their time in the West Wing – often in the form of tell-all books.
Now, one of the East Wing’s defectors is being sued by the Department of Justice over revelations published in her own book.
The lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C. asks a judge to order the surrender of the profits from the book by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, entitled “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,” to a government trust.
Wolkoff, who had been close friends with Melania Trump, previously served as a volunteer advisor to the first lady after President Donald Trump took office in 2017.
The suit accuses Wolkoff of “flat violation” of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary obligations to the first lady.
The complaint says that Wolkoff agreed in 2017 to a pact that “promised to maintain strict confidentiality over ‘nonpublic, privileged and/or confidential information’ that she might obtain during her service.”
Wolkoff also released audio of a number of secretly recorded conversations with Melania, some of which painted the First Lady in a less-than-elegant light.
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