Excerpts from the yet-to-be-released book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" have been causing a stir across the internet in recent days, and now President Donald Trump is trying to block the unflattering expose from publication.
To be clear, Donald Trump is asking a court to block the publication of a book that allegedly says mean things about him. This is what dictators like Vladimir Putin do.
President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, has demanded on behalf of his client that author Michael Wolff and his publisher immediately “cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination” of a forthcoming book, “Fire and Fury, according to a letter obtained by ABC News.
The cease and desist letter not only references "numerous false and/or baseless statements" but accuses the book's author of actual malice:
It states, “Actual malice (reckless disregard for the truth) can be proven by the fact that the Book admits in the Introduction that it contains untrue statements. Moreover, the Book appears to cite to no sources for many of its most damaging statements about Mr. Trump. Also, many of your so-called ‘sources’ have stated publicly that they never spoke to Mr. Wolff and/or never made the statements that are being attributed to them. Other alleged ‘sources’ of statements about Mr. Trump are believed to have no personal knowledge of the facts upon which they are making statements or are known to be unreliable and/or strongly biased against Mr. Trump.”