Following the release of Omarosa Manigault Newman’s new book, Unhinged, regarding the trials and tribulations surrounding her time in the White House, Simon & Schuster, the company who published it, revealed they have no intentions of shelving the book.
In a statement to Deadline, the company stated they were “proceeding as planned” with the publication of Omarosa’s new book, which they state, is perfectly within the parameters of their “rights and responsibilities” as a publisher.
The company released a statement defending their decision to release the memoir, due to the threats made by Trump’s legal team. According to reports, Trump’s personal lawyer, Charles Harder, attempted to thwart the sales of the book, but it hit shelves on Tuesday anyway.
The lawyer who used to represent Hulk Hogan accused Omarosa of “tortious interference,” in regards to the fact that she signed a non-disclosure agreement about her White house tenure which she lost in December.
Simon and Schuster’s attorney said that such a claim was without merit, due to constitutional and censorship law. According to Simon and Schuster, the government cannot stop the release of books regarding the actions and supposed wrongdoings of public officials.
Thank you for the kind words Omarosa! https://t.co/PMmNG6iIsi
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018
The publisher added that no government “has legitimate interest” in censoring intimate material, and no court would ever support a presidential administration censoring the release of a book.
Simon and Schuster argued that, plainly, it would be in “violation of contract law, a prior restraint, as well as a violation of the First Amendment.”
As it was previously reported, Omarosa’s book supposedly has a number of embarrassing revelations about Mr. Trump, including how often he tans, and how the bed became a point of contention for other staffers. Her book also corroborated the report from The New York Times which pointed to the egregious diet and nutrition habits of the president, including how much Diet Coke he drinks, as well as his fast food intake.