Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff released today. The book includes interviews with several people close to President Donald Trump, including former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide.
In the book, Wolff quotes Bannon as calling Donald Trump Jr. "treasonous" and "unpatriotic" for attending a meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign. The book also claims that Trump "assured" his wife Melania that he would not win the 2016 election, and that Melania was in tears when he did.
Furthermore, the book claims that Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, "wasn't above a chortle with her friends about her father's infamous orange comb-over."
Unsurprisingly, President Trump's lawyers have attempted to quash the book by sending a cease-and-desist letter to Wolff and his publisher, Henry Holt. Holt said the book excerpts contain "false/baseless statements" about the president. Legal experts suggest the wording of the letter could suggest a libel lawsuit is on the way.
And of course, President Trump took to Twitter to say that the book was "full of lies" and "sources that don't exist."
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
But according to a Mike Allen of Axios, Wolff has evidence of the claims, which include dozens of hours of taped interviews.
Wolff apparently has tapes backing up his interviews with Steve Bannon and former White House deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh, as well as more sources. Axios goes on to explain that many sources thought they were talking off the record, which many explain why the quotes are so embarrassing and revealing.
Allen goes on to allege that despite claims from the White House that Wolff was a poseur, he actually spent hours in private areas of the West Wing, including the office of Reince Priebus when he was chief of staff.
Wolff also allegedly hosted the dinner part where Wolff claims that Bannon and the late Roger Ailes discussed Israel during the presidential transition:
"Day one we're moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Netanyahu's all-in. Sheldon is all-in," Bannon allegedly said.
Sheldon Adelson is a billionaire donor who one month later, said Trump was likely to be "the best president for Israel ever."
Regarding a Middle East peace plan, Bannon was allegedly said:
"We know where we're heading on this ... Let Jordan take the West Bank, let Egypt take Gaza. Let them deal with it. Or sink trying."
Ailes asked, "Where's Donald on this?" according to Wolff.
"He's totally onboard," Bannon allegedly replied.
Unsurprisingly, people were shocked that there could be evidence of some of the crazy stuff the book claims.
Given Trump's history of threatening legal action against people, you can bet Wolff would want to be able to back up everything in that book— Peter J Pierre (@PJPsych) January 4, 2018
One of the baffling things about Trumpworld giving access to Wolff: all they needed to do was call Murdoch and he would have said don’t cooperate b/c Wolff had written nasty book on him. And Jared/Trump speak to Murdoch all the time!— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) January 4, 2018
At dinner, Ailes and Bannon discussed managing Rudy Guiliani's disappointment about Sec of State. Ailes said: 'Just let him be photographed one or two times walking out of Air Force One. He'll be fine then.' It was crazy like that all night. I sat btwn them— Janice Min (@janicemin) January 4, 2018
Bannon was pragmatic, said the administration should be 'thrown out' if they couldn't deliver on the 3 core things voters cared about (I'm paraphrasing):— Janice Min (@janicemin) January 4, 2018
1. Having a good job
2. Having a decent home
3. Knowing their kids are safe
Quite the revelation.