Donald Trump’s efforts to stop the publication of an explosive new book about his administration appears to have been in vain after the it was announced it could hit the shelves four days early.
A leaked copy of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by author Michael Wolff set off a political firestorm with its portrayal of an unprepared presidential candidate who didn’t particularly want to win the US election in 2016.
Originally scheduled for release on 9 January, its author last night revealed that date had been moved forward to today (Friday).
Here we go. You can buy it (and read it) tomorrow. Thank you, Mr. President.
— Michael Wolff (@MichaelWolffNYC) January 4, 2018
Some of the harshest quotes in the book came from Steve Bannon, the right-wing firebrand who headed the final stage of Trump’s campaign and became chief strategist at the White House before being fired in August.
Trump’s lawyer said on Thursday he would try to stop publication and threatened legal action against Bannon over “defamatory” comments in the book.
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Charles Harder, Trump’s personal lawyer, in a legal notice provided to Reuters, warned of possible claims including libel against Wolff and publisher Henry Holt & Co and threatened to try to block publication of the book. Harder also told Reuters that “legal action is imminent” against Bannon.
Publisher Henry Holt said in a statement it had received a cease-and-desist letter from Trump’s attorney but would go ahead with publishing the book.
Trump has been engaged in a desperate attempt to discredit Bannon and distract from the claims made in the book since parts were made public.
I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2018
Trump’s falling out with Bannon deepened on Wednesday, saying his former adviser had “lost his mind,” in a blistering statement issued after comments in the book were made public.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders heaped scorn on Bannon and the …