Author Michael Wolff, Under Fire, Slams Trump in Book Blowup

There are definitely parts of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” that are wrong, sloppy, or betray off-the-record confidence. But there are two things he gets absolutely right, even in the eyes of White House officials who think some of the book’s scenes are fiction: his spot-on portrait of Trump as an emotionally erratic president, and the low opinion of him among some of those serving him. – Mike Allen [Axios]

IT IS every author’s dream and Michael Wolff is living it.

President Trump‘s reaction to the book set him up. A “cease and desist” order to Wolff’s publisher set off a mega response: Henry Holt, & Co. moved up the pub date to today.

New York Magazine and the Hollywood Reporter have delicious excerpts.

Trump’s tweets targeting “Sloppy Steve” are priceless.

Donald J. Trump is in full meltdown.

It only gets worse for him from here.

Reporting from Michael Schmidt of the New York Times…

President Trump gave firm instructions in March to the White House’s top lawyer: stop the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, from recusing himself in the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s associates had helped a Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 election.

The special counsel has received handwritten notes from Mr. Trump’s former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, showing that Mr. Trump talked to Mr. Priebus about how he had called Mr. Comey to urge him to say publicly that he was not under investigation. The president’s determination to fire Mr. Comey even led one White House lawyer to take the extraordinary step of misleading Mr. Trump about whether he had the authority to remove him.

The New York Times has also learned that four days before Mr. Comey was fired, one of Mr. Sessions’s aides asked a congressional staff member whether he had damaging information about Mr. Comey, part of an apparent effort to undermine the F.B.I. director. It was not clear whether Mr. Mueller’s investigators knew about this episode.