Fire And Fury Release Moves Up to Friday as Publisher Rejects Trump’s Cease and Desist

By Christine Zosche 

Publisher Henry Holt & Co. said it is moving forward with the release of Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House despite demands by President Trump’s personal lawyers to cease plans for publication. Michael Wolff, the author of the book, said on Twitter the publication date will now be on Friday. (Variety)

“Due to unprecedented demand, we are moving the on-sale date for all formats of Fire And Fury, by Michael Wolff, to Friday, Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. ET, from the current on-sale date of Tuesday, Jan. 9,” a Henry Holt spokeswoman said Thursday afternoon. (CNN)

The legal notice from Trump’s lawyers—addressed to Wolff and the president of the book’s publisher—said they were pursuing possible charges including libel in connection with the book. (WaPo)

Trump‘s lawyer, Charles Harder, also threatened Steve Bannon with a lawsuit. Harder, known best for representing Hulk Hogan in his case against Gawker, said in a letter to Bannon that his statements to Wolff violated non-disparagement and confidentiality agreements he had signed. (Law & Crime)

One of the craziest excerpts in the book, and that’s saying a lot, is a dinner between Bannon and deceased Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, in which Ailes tells Bannon that Trump “would jump through hoops” for both Rupert Murdoch and Vladimir Putin. The Hollywood Reporter’s co-president Janice Min stated on Twitter that Wolff’s transcript of the evening is totally on-point. (Mediaite)