Talk about trying to pull a “Brian Williams”. This disgraced anti-Trump author really has a set of balls.
Michael Wolff toured the talk show circuit with his last book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”. He landed on “CBS This Morning” to discuss his tell-all book that’s putting the Trump administration on defense, his sources and his access to the president.
But what Wolff got was totally unexpected, as Norah O’Donnell called bullsh*t on his “access”.
I wrote about this interview at the time:
Earlier in this interview, O’Donnell begins by asking if White House insiders want President removed from office as Wolff’s book implies.
He replied, “They’re not talking about trying to remove him from office. They are wondering what’s going to happen. The people in the White House are like everybody else in the country: ‘What’s going to happen here? We don’t know from day to day.’ This is for them, as for everyone, an extraordinary experience, and I think that they certainly question what’s going to happen here, like everybody else.
“There are many moments in which the 25th Amendment has come up, which gives the Cabinet the ability to remove the president. And they don’t say, ‘The Cabinet is going to remove the president,’ but they do say things like, ‘This is a little 25th Amendment-y here.’”
The interview spirals quickly, as O’Donnell becomes noticeably incredulous. She gets Wolff to admit that he did not interview Vice President Mike Pence or any Cabinet members.
Yet, in the book,“Fire and Fury” some of the more incendiary claims in his book are credited to Trump Cabinet members.
“Did you speak to any members of the president’s Cabinet for this book?” CBS host Norah O’Donnell, asked him.
Wolff responded, “I did not.”
Wolff then reiterated claims he’d spent nearly three hours with the president for the book. O’Donnell said, “The president denies he ever spoke to you for this book, at all.”
Wolff responded, “I probably think he had no idea he was speaking to me for this book. When I would meet the president in the White House we would chat as though we were friends.”
“But that’s not an interview, to greet someone and say, ‘Hello,’” O’Donnell responded. “That’s not a journalistic exercise.”
It’s evident by now that Wolff’s book is mostly fiction. Clearly, he used his access to the White House to sign a nice book deal. But then he took things too far.
More media outlets finally figured out that Wolff had as much access to the Trump White House as the next Uber driver you ride with.
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Nevertheless, Wolff returns. According to Fox News:
Controversial author Michael Wolff’s upcoming book, “Siege: Trump Under Fire,” reportedly claims that Robert Mueller drew up an obstruction of justice indictment against President Trump – but a spokesman for Mueller says the claim is wildly inaccurate.
Yes, yet another sensational charge against President Trump by Wolff. His reputation in tatters, he likely figures WTF.
The article continues to debunk Wolff’s latest allegations:
According to Helmore, Wolff reports that Mueller’s office planned to charge the president with “influencing, obstructing or impeding a pending proceeding,” “tampering with a witness, victim or informant” and “retaliating against a witness, victim or informant” but eventually decided to “shelve” it. While The Guardian reporter says he viewed the document, Mueller’s office denies that it even exists.
“The documents described do not exist,” Mueller spokesman Peter Carr told Fox News.
Wolff was accused of misrepresenting his levels of access and fabricating events for “Fire and Fury,” and it appears “Siege” will face similar accusations as Mueller’s team claims a key document isn’t authentic.
I can’t imagine any serious media outlets allowing Wolff airtime. But you can bet those who hate Trump will find space.