DOJ abruptly drops 'personal revenge' lawsuit against former Melania Trump aide

DOJ abruptly drops 'personal revenge' lawsuit against former Melania Trump aide
First Lady Melania Trump walks along the Colonnade of the White House Wednesday, June 24, 2020, en route to the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

The U.S Dept. of Justice has dropped a lawsuit against a former adviser and friend of Melania Trump. The Trump-era DOJ's lawsuit against Stephanie Winston Wolkoff was seen by many as frivolous and vengeful.

Wolkoff had recorded conversations between her and the now-former First Lady, and released some of them to the media last year.

During one infamous conversation, Mrs. Trump is heard saying, "They said, 'Oh, what about the children that they were separated?' Give me a f**king break."

In another she says, "who gives a f**k about Christmas stuff and decoration?

The tapes were released in October of 2020.

Here's the transcript in context:

"They say I'm complicit. I'm the same like him, I support him. I don't say enough. I don't do enough," she said in one tape. "I'm working like a — my ass off at — Christmas stuff that you know, who gives a f*** about Christmas stuff and decoration? But I need to do it, right? Correct? Okay, and then I do it. And I say that I'm working on Christmas planning for the Christmas. And they said, 'Oh, what about the children that they were separated?' Give me a f***ing break. Where they were saying anything when Obama did that?"

The Trump DOJ had claimed Wolkoff had broken the terms of her non-disclosure agreement, she says she complied.

Law.com's Mike Scarcella posted the court notice.

Conservative pundit David Frum called the lawsuit "an abusive deployment of state power for personal revenge by Melania Trump."

Attorney Bradley Moss calls the former First Lady "a petulant and tiny person unworthy of the role she held."

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