Donald Trump has been shouting from the rooftops that Michael Wolff’s book “Fire And Fury” is the proverbial fake news and that Steve Bannon lost his mind after being fired. Nevertheless, Trump is doing everything he can to stop publication. Trump’s lawyers sent a letter to publisher Henry Holt And Company demanding that they “cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination,” and that Steve Bannon stop talking about Trump generally. ABC News:
It states, “Actual malice (reckless disregard for the truth) can be proven by the fact that the Book admits in the Introduction that it contains untrue statements. Moreover, the Book appears to cite to no sources for many of its most damaging statements about Mr. Trump. Also, many of your so-called ‘sources’ have stated publicly that they never spoke to Mr. Wolff and/or never made the statements that are being attributed to them. Other alleged ‘sources’ of statements about Mr. Trump are believed to have no personal knowledge of the facts upon which they are making statements or are known to be unreliable and/or strongly biased against Mr. Trump.”
Harder sent a similar letter to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon Wednesday night demanding he cease and desist from making allegedly false statements against the president and his family.
The publisher acknowledged receipt of the letter and Steve Bannon has not commented at this time.
The Trump Bannon dustup is not going to get any prettier.
“Fire And Fury” is the number one best seller on Amazon and that’s pre-sales.
Here we go. You can buy it (and read it) tomorrow. Thank you, Mr. President.
— Michael Wolff (@MichaelWolffNYC) January 4, 2018