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While Donald Trump may normally rely on former Fox News 8 p.m. host Bill O’Reilly and current 8 p.m. host Tucker Carlson to support him, both men expressed reservations over the president taking legal action against author Michael Wolff.
In an 11-page legal document sent on Thursday to Wolff and his publisher, Henry Holt & Co., the president’s personal attorney charged that the book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House “gives rise to” defamation by libel, false light invasion of privacy and other charges. The document, sent by attorney Charles Harder, sought unsuccessfully to stop publication of the book, which was moved up to Friday morning.
“It’s just ridiculous,” O’Reilly said of a possible lawsuit on his digital show on Thursday night. “Number one, it’s not going to stop the book. The book is going to come out next week. Number two, why bother? Why bother? It doesn’t mean anything.”
Carlson, on his show, said he doubted that the president and his attorney would follow through on suits against Wolff or Steve Bannon, who has been accused of violating a nondisclosure agreement by speaking negatively of the president and his family in the book.
“Why the legal threats?” Carlson asked longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone on Thursday night. “I don’t think anyone believes the president is going to sue Steve Bannon for violating an NDA or the author of this book,” he said. “Doesn’t this just call attention to the book, help sell books? We’re down to the benefit of the author of the book. Why would you instruct your lawyers to do something like that?”
Asked about the possible lawsuits, Stone said, “Yeah, I’m not sure about the efficacy of that.”
Wolff’s book has been selling like hot cakes and has largely dominated the news cycle since Wednesday, when excerpts from the book were published online.
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