A former adviser to Melania Trump, Ms. Winston Wolkoff, who wrote a tell-all book about the First Lady titled Melania and Me, was sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for breaching an agreement not to disclose confidential information.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff violated an agreement she signed in 2017 while working as an aide to President Donald Trump’s wife, the U.S. government said in a complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in Washington. “Ms. Wolkoff never submitted a draft of the book to the First Lady, her Chief of Staff, or the Office of White House Counsel and never received authorization to disclose any information she learned pursuant to her work under the agreement,” the Justice Department said in the complaint.
Wolkoff fired back in a statement saying she fulfilled all the terms of her agreement and the confidentiality provisions ended when her contract was terminated. “The President and First Lady’s use of the U.S. Department of Justice to silence me is a violation of my First Amendment Rights and a blatant abuse of the government to pursue their own personal interests and goals,” Wolkoff said. “ I will not be deterred by these bullying tactics.”
“Melania and Me” was published last month by Simon & Schuster, and the government is asking that any profits from the book be set aside in a trust. In the book, Wolkoff described her work as a “longtime friend” and “trusted adviser” of Melania Trump. Wolkoff said she provided guidance on policy initiatives, speeches, and social media. The nonpublic information in the book included policy discussions involving Trump’s travel ban, White House hiring decisions, and Melania Trump’s “Be Best” initiative.