President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Republican Senators on immigration in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Washington.
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Republican Senators on immigration in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Washington. AP Photo - Andrew Harnik

Trump’s lawyers try to block book

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump's personal lawyer has sent a "cease and desist" letter to the author and publisher of an explosive new book that paints a portrait of his White House as dysfunctional and incompetent.

The New York Post reports that Mr Trump's California lawyer Charles J. Harder wrote to author Michael Wolff and publisher Henry Holt and Co. to inform them that they are looking at possible libel charges in connection to the book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

The letter demands the pair "immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book".

The book is expected to be published next week.

Mr Trump and his lawyer have also requested a copy of the book.

"We are investigating numerous false and/or baseless statements that you have made about Mr. Trump," Mr Harder, a noted entertainment lawyer who has represented the likes of Hulk Hogan, wrote to Wolff.

Michael Wolff says he has hours of taped interviews. Picture: Supplied
Michael Wolff says he has hours of taped interviews. Picture: Supplied

The letter also accuses Wolff and the publisher of "actual malice."

"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," the letter said.

"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," it said.

Katie Walsh, former white house deputy chief of staff, is reportedly one of the people Michael Wolff recorded during interviews. Source: Supplied.
Katie Walsh, former white house deputy chief of staff, is reportedly one of the people Michael Wolff recorded during interviews. Source: Supplied.

According to a report on Axios, Wolff has dozens of hours of taped interviews he conducted with many of the top White House staffers, including former top strategist Steve Bannon and former deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh.

On Wednesday after excerpts of Wolff's book began generating headlines, Mr Trump's lawyers sent Bannon a cease-and-desist lawyer ordering him to stop talking about the president and his family members because he had signed a confidentiality agreement after leaving the White House.

Lawyer Charles Harder has represented high profile clients like Hulk Hogan. Picture: Supplied
Lawyer Charles Harder has represented high profile clients like Hulk Hogan. Picture: Supplied

Mr Trump also blasted Bannon in a statement saying that "when he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind."

Later on Wednesday, Bannon in an interview on Breitbart News Tonight, a website he runs, called Trump a "great man."

"You know I support him day in and day out," he said.

However, Mr Trump has turned his back on the man he called a "good friend" months after Bannon was sacked from his White House role.

"I don't talk to him," Mr Trump said on Thursday of his former chief strategist.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post


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