In a desperate attempt to escape the firestorm engulfing his administration, President Trump on Thursday threatened “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff with a lawyer’s letter which “demands that you immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the Book.”
The 10-page letter is from Charles Harder, a lawyer for Trump who issued a similar threat to Steve Bannon, the former White House official who was a key source for the book. It’s addressed to Wolff and Steve Rubin, president and publisher of Henry Holt.
The threatening letter, citing “false and/or baseless statements that you have made about Mr. Trump,” tells Wolff: “Your publication of the false/baseless statements about Mr. Trump gives rise to, among other claims, defamation by libel, defamation by libel per se, false light invasion of privacy, tortious interference with contractual relations, and inducement of breach of contract.”
The move quickly backfired as the book exploded in a pre-sales bonanza, with thousands of orders as a result of threats from the president of the United States.
The book is scheduled for release on Tuesday.