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After the controversial early release of the book on the Trump administration by Michael Wolff called Fire and Fury, it seems the book's publisher is unapologetic about its release which Trump says is based on unsubstantiated facts and is just plain false.
An attorney for the publisher of the book Fire and Fury says no retraction or apology is coming. Donald Trump himself has decried the book as a work of fiction and most of his supporters side with him. A lawyer for Trump named Charles J Harder sent a cease-and-desist letter to Henry Holt & Company that threatened legal action.
In response to the letter from Harder, Elizabeth A McNamara of the firm David Wright Tremaine says that the book is "an accurate report" and says Harder failed to cite any specific errors in the book. McNamara also says that Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon spoke with the author "freely and voluntarily."
Bannon's controversial quotes added to the book's success and lead to it being a bestseller with a multitude of news companies covering the book's release. McNamara added that if Trump were to sue the publisher the author is "quite confident" that Trump political and financial documents would prove "particularity relevant" for the defense.
Wolff recently appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss the books release, Fire, and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Bannon described a meeting in the book which took place between Donald Trump Jr, senior campaign aides, and Russian lawyer as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic".
It turns out, Bannon was talking about Trump's former chief strategist and sought to make amends Sunday saying in a statement that his description was aimed at Paul Manafort, not Trump's son. Wolff says the comments were "directed directly at Don Jr."
This charade has become a sticky mess of "he-said-she-said" and really begs the question why all of this is so important when there are far better ways to spend time and resources.
The book is purely meant to capitalize on a market of ignorant people looking for any reason they can to hate on Trump and grasping at straws no matter how much they resemble high school drama.
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