Nov 11, 2019

Preview: "A Warning," by the "Anonymous" Trump official

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"Axios on HBO" last night aired a preview of "A Warning," by the senior administration official who penned a New York Times op-ed that infuriated President Trump and sparked an ultimately fruitless leak investigation.

Why it matters: Sources say the book points to multiple instances of misconduct and attempts to violate the law, and some of the allegations could be used a bread crumbs for impeachment investigators to follow — obstruction of Congress, abuse of power, offering pardons.

Two appetizers from the book, out Nov. 19:

1. "One time, a leader of a national security agency asked the president for support in convincing Congress to pass an upcoming defense bill":"

Don't worry about Congress," the president said. "Just do what you need to do.
"The official explained that it wasn't like that ...
"No, no. It doesn't matter. You have my permission to do whatever you need to do, okay? Just forget about them."

2. "The president has proposed doing away with judges on more than one occasion":

Too many of his policies are getting stuck in legal limbo, he says.
"Can we just get rid of the judges? Let's get rid of the fucking judges," Trump fumed one morning. "There shouldn't be any at all, really."
He went a step further and asked his legal team to draft up a bill and send it to Congress to reduce the number of federal judges.
Staff ignored the outburst and the wacky request.

White House statement on "A Warning":

The coward who wrote this book didn’t put their name on it because it is nothing but lies. Real authors reach out to their subjects to get things fact checked — but this person is in hiding, making that very basic part of being a real writer impossible.

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Book by "Anonymous" Trump official breaks Hachette pre-sale record

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"A Warning," a book by the anonymous "senior Trump administration official" who authored an infamous New York Times op-ed last year, has had more preorders than any other nonfiction book in Hachette Book Group history, the publisher announced Tuesday.

The big picture: Hachette Book Group has gone to print three times, with 500,000 copies ready to go into circulation in seven languages. The Washington Post reviewed the book ahead of its release and critiqued its lack of specific details, which is intended to protect the author's identity.

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Donald Trump Jr.'s "Triggered" debuts at No. 1 on NYT bestseller list

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Donald Trump Jr.'s "Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us" topped the New York Times' nonfiction bestseller list on Wednesday.

The big picture: Trump's book was released on Nov. 5 and outlines his view of the left, their tactics and what he sees as a series of tricks meant to push conservatives out of the public arena.

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Nikki Haley says Trump was always "truthful"

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told NBC's "Today" on Tuesday that she never had any doubts about President Trump's truthfulness or fitness for office during her tenure.

"In every instance that I dealt with him, he was truthful, he listened and he was great to work with."
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