'Donald Trump's lawyers attempt to stop publication of Michael Wolff's book'

'Donald Trump's lawyers attempt to stop publication of Michael Wolff's book'

The book about Donald Trump was due to be released next week

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Donald Trump's lawyers are attempting to stop the release of Michael Wolff's book about the White House and his Presidency, US media has reported.

The Washington Post claimed a letter has been written by attorney Charles J. Harder demanding that both the author and the publisher of the book "immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book."

The book, which is entitled Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, is supposed to be released on Tuesday (January 9).

Excerpts of the book have already been released and it includes supposed comments from the President's former strategist Steve Bannon.

He allegedly said Donald Trump Jr's meeting with Russians was "treasonous," prompting Trump to claim he "lost his mind" after being removed from his White House position.

Lawyers have also told Bannon that he violated his employment agreement by providing comments for Wolff and have suggested he may have defamed Trump.

Bannon has reportedly been sent a cease-and-desist letter, which instructs him to provide no further comments on confidential matters and keep any records he has for legal proceedings.

Wolff also claims that First Lady Melania Trump cried when Trump won the US election in 2017. However a statement from the First Lady's Office claims the book should be found in the “bargain fiction” bin.

The White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also used her news briefing on Wednesday (January 3) to dispute the claims made by Wolff.