Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, ex-friend to the first lady and author of “Melania And Me” - is being sued by the Justice Department. The former confidant of Melania Trump released her tell all book in early September and dished on what she experienced as her friend transitioned into the White House. She now has serious offenses levied against her, as she’s apparently breached a confidentiality agreement by publishing a tell-all book, according to a lawsuit filed in Washington DC.
The lawsuit claims that Wolkoff violated a nondisclosure agreement and asks for profits from the book to be secured in a government trust.
Wolkoff once worked for Vogue magazine, and was appointed to organize the planning of President Donald Trump's inauguration. She would also be Trump’s first hire to the East Wing, given the title of senior advisor to the First Lady. Wolkoff was no fly by night source, as she had been friends with Melania Trump for 10-years before ultimately falling out. Apparently, Wolkoff and Melania fell out over the mismanagement of funds from Trump’s inauguration.
Shortly after the release, The white house denounced the book, describing it as a “twisting” of the truth. A spokesperson for the first lady states: "The book is not only full of mistruths and paranoia, it is based on some imagined need for revenge… Sadly, this is a deeply insecure woman whose need to be relevant defies logic." This was the first warning for Stephanie Wolkoff. From my vantage point, what would come after the book is what soured Wolkoff completely with the White House.
Wolkoff had been secretly recording conversations with Melania Trump, one of those recordings actually made it to TMZ. The now highly controversial clip of Melania Trump expressing her frustration over the criticism of the Trump administration's migrant family separation policy. This essentially prompted the White House’s response to sue Wolkoff, as this has caused tremendous damage to the first lady’s image.
The more salacious stories that helped sell the book had to do with Melania’s feelings about Ivanka Trump. Wolkoff confirmed what many of us had already known, Melania can’t stand Trump’s family. Wolkoff spoke about a text exchange where Melania referred to Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner as snakes.
Stephanie Wolkoff is not backing down from the “bullying” tactics of the first family. She told CNN; "The President and First Lady's use of the US 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 fulfilled all of the terms of the Gratuitous Service Agreement and the confidentiality provisions ended when the White House terminated the agreement. With the publication of my book, 'Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with The First Lady,' I have exercised my right to free expression."