Joe Biden‘s Department of Justice (DOJ) has dropped a major Trump-era lawsuit without giving a single reason for the decision. According to a notice filed by the department on February 8, the DOJ has decided to stop pursuing legal action against Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Melania Trump’s former friend who betrayed their friendship for fame and money by writing a tell-all book about their relationship.
Wolkoff’s book, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,” was released in September 2020.
The backstabbing “friend” made several claims about Melania in her book, including:
- That the former First Lady wore a jacket with the phrase “I really don’t care, do u?” on it to the US border in 2018 to get media attention.
- That Melania attempted to stop her stepdaughter, Ivanka Trump, from appearing on TV during the inauguration in 2017.
The DOJ initiated a lawsuit against Wolkoff a month after the book was released, asserting that she had broken a nondisclosure agreement that she had signed with the White House in August 2017. Wolkoff was accused of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary obligations in relation to the book’s publication.
“Because of the trust placed in Ms. Wolkoff by the First Lady, and in consideration for access to the White House and sensitive information, Ms. Wolkoff agreed to maintain strict confidentiality regarding this information,” the complaint said.
Through the lawsuit, the DOJ had sought to transfer all of the profits that Wolkoff made from the book into a government trust.
When the lawsuit was initiated, Wolkoff stated that the confidentiality provisions had ended “when the White House terminated the agreement,” and called the lawsuit “a blatant abuse of the government to pursue [the Trumps’] own personal interests and goals.”
The one-page notice submitted to a court in Washington, D.C. did not include any mention of a reason for dismissing the lawsuit.
“The Department evaluated the case and concluded that dismissal without prejudice was in the best interests of the United States based on the facts and the law,” a DOJ official told Politico.
Wolkoff’s attorney, Lorin L. Reisner, told The Washington Post on February 8: “We are very pleased that the Department of Justice is dismissing this lawsuit.”