Looks like Steven Bannon is none to happy about being excluded from President Trump’s orbit and losing his Breitbart gig over his comments about Trumps’s family in Michael Wolff’s first book, “Fire and Fury.”
So now, he’s cooperated extensively with Wolff for his second book, “Siege.” And the result is not pretty.
Too bad Bannon talks to sleaze bags like Wolff. It’s a big mistake, one that cost him his relationship with Trump. Bannon is a smart, savvy guy. I don’t get the strategy here.
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon believes President Trump obstructed justice, according to author Michael Wolff.
“Do you think Steve Bannon believes that the president obstructed justice?” CNN’s John Berman asked.
“Yes,” Wolff said. “Now I would say that Steve Bannon would go and characterize this as, that’s Donald Trump. So, I mean, the Steve Bannon view is partly, you know what this guy is, there’s never been any, any illusion otherwise. He’s Donald Trump. That’s the man you elected. A man who cannot, literally cannot, tell the truth.”
Wolff also commented on a part of his book that focused on Trump’s business empire. Wolff wrote that Trump’s businesses “increasingly seemed to resemble a semi-criminal enterprise.” Bannon replied, “I think we can drop the ‘semi’ part.”
Following up on all the money he raked in from his last fusillade at President Trump, Michael Wolff, author of the 2018 book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, is back with another diatribe no doubt again filled with questionable assertions.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office pushed back against author Michael Wolff’s claim that prosecutors drafted a three-count obstruction of justice indictment against President Trump.
“The documents that you’ve described do not exist,” Mueller spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.
In his forthcoming book “Siege: Trump Under Fire,” Wolff wrote that a draft indictment charged Trump with obstructing an investigation, tampering with a witness, and retaliating against a witness. He said his reporting was “based on internal documents given to me by sources close to the Office of the Special Counsel.”
MSNBC Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski is suddenly all offended by “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff, going after him and then throwing him off her show for insinuating in his discredited book that UN Ambassador Nikki Haley was having an affair with President Trump.
Michael Wolff doesn’t look too good. But neither does Brzezinski.
First of all, I can’t help myself, I’ve got to note she accused Wolff of “inferring” something about Nikki Haley. I’m pretty sure she meant to say he was “implying” something, but she may not know the difference.
Anyway, she’s attacking Wolff now after long, fawning interviews in which she and Joe Scarborough did much to give Wolff publicity and line his pockets with money, as in the video below, where you’ll note at the 3:00 mark Brzezinski seemingly casually holds the book up for people to see.
Wolff, after making lots of money of Brzezinski, now decided he doesn’t like her anymore and struck back on Twitter.
The last time I was on Morning Joe off camera Joe and Mika eager to gossip about who Trump might be sleeping with.
Fresh off a more-than-contentious confrontation with White House aide Stephen Miller Sunday, CNN”s Jake Tapper on Monday questioned the accuracy of the reporting in Michael Wolff’s anti-Trump diatribe, “Fire and Fury.”
And that’s the problem with the book. Surely, some of it is true. But given the errors in Wolff’s book and his reputation for making stuff up, we have to just guess what’s true and what isn’t.
From Tapper’s remarks:
Wolff’s reporting should be met with skepticism. It is riddled with errors and rumors. And in his marketing of the book, Wolff made the unbelievable assertion that 100 percent of the president’s family members and top advisers have concerns about his mental fitness for the job, 100 percent. That’s simply not true . . .
And there’s this, three errors in just this one paragraph on page 78, a misspelling of Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s name. Wilbur Ross is identified as the labor secretary when he’s actually the commerce secretary. And Wolff has reporter Mark Berman at a restaurant which Berman says he’s never been to . . .
So that’s the conundrum we’re in. We have an author who had access, an author who had great quotes, but did he have great facts?
Contrast Tapper’s skepticism with the attitude of Katy Tur over at MSNBC, who congratulates Wolff on producing a book the president hates.