Trump Lawyer Tries to Block Publication of Insider Book on White House.

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For a second consecutive day, the White House press secretary on Thursday fielded a barrage of reporters' questions about a forthcoming book that portrays a chaotic initial year for the presidency of Donald Trump. Most people in the United States could "probably care less about a book full of lies," responded Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who characterized Fire and Fury as "trash" and something "a fired employee wanted to peddle."

That fired employee is Steve Bannon, who ran Trump's presidential campaign in its final quarter of 2016 and was chief strategist in the White House for the initial seven months of his presidency. Bannon is quoted extensively by author Michael Wolff in the 336-page book. Asked whether Breitbart News should fire Bannon, who is executive chairman of the right-wing news and opinion website, Sanders replied, "I certainly think it's something they should look at and consider."

A lawyer for the president on Thursday sought to block publication of the book, contending it is defamatory and libelous and demanding that Wolff and his publisher, Henry Holt and Co., stop its release. It originally had been scheduled to be released Tuesday, but Wolff said Thursday that it now would arrive in bookstores Friday — four days early. Charles Harder said his legal team was "investigating numerous false and/or baseless statements" made about Trump in the book that Wolff said came from more than 200 interviews he conducted during Trump's successful election campaign and after the president took office a year ago.
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