The 16-page lawsuit includes a request for a federal judge to divert all proceeds from the sale of Walkoff’s book Melania and Me to the federal government as a result of her alleged “breach of contract.”
According to government lawyers, Walcoff’s term as White House aide – from January 2017 to August 2017 – involves signing a general non-disclosure agreement that binds her long after she stays in public service, unless she receives permission from Melania Trump and a White House lawyer.
“However, the book discusses in detail Ms. Wolkoff’s work under the agreement as an adviser to the first lady, including participation in staff decisions in the First Lady̵
The case quickly raised fears among some outside legal experts that the Justice Department was training its resources on alleged White House enemies.
“This is a complete misuse of the Justice Department’s limited resources to file a personal lawsuit on behalf of the first lady against a former councilor,” said Brad Moss, a national security attorney. can be censored under contract for nothing but classified information, and no legal splitting of Volkoff’s “status” as a volunteer will change that. “
The lawsuit is the latest move by the Justice Department to intervene in disputes between Trump and their former aides, such as former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who is fighting a lawsuit that claims he leaked classified information in his explosive signals. The room where it happened.
But unlike Bolton, the government does not claim that Walkoff disclosed any classified material. Rather, the lawsuit allegedly revealed details of the debate behind Melania Trump’s “Be the Best” cyberbullying initiative, as well as the personnel decisions the first lady discussed with the president.
“Melania and Me contains a detailed account of Ms Wolkoff’s work with the First Lady, including non-public, privileged or confidential information that Ms Wolkoff received during her role in the agreement,” the DOJ said.
“Ms Wolkoff is also trying to describe talks involving the president on other political issues. For example, Ms Wolkoff claims to have discussed with the first lady the president’s decision to lift the ban on imports of game trophies and that The first lady persuaded the president to keep this decision, “the DOJ continued.
“Such accounts, which are intended to reveal domestic policy discussions, undermine the expectations of future presidents and first ladies that their confidential discussions will be protected and kept out of the public eye. Presidential policy talks are clearly key issues on which the president has the right to receive confidential advice without fear that such internal discussions will take place in the press. “
Daniel Lipman contributed to this report.