President Barack Obama has ordered a new inquiry by the Justice Department into the sale of the White House’s Palaces Journal, the Associated Press reported Sunday.
Obama’s order was made after a federal appeals court ruled that a lawsuit brought by a group of Palaces members challenging the sale failed to provide enough evidence to prove that the book was not a constitutionally protected book.
The Palaces are one of the nation’s largest private publishers and also operate the presidential library.
The court ruling said that the group’s lawsuit did not provide enough “legitimate” evidence to show that the Palaces were selling the book for profit.
The order comes a week after a jury found that a book by the authors of the book, which is about the founding of the United States, did not violate the First Amendment.
The Associated Press has reached out to the Palades for comment.