White House: Trump Doesn't Want Michael Wolff's Book Published
Publication of the book has been moved up to Friday "due to unprecedented demand."
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders continued assailing Michael Wolff's forthcoming tell-all book from the White House podium, saying on Thursday that her boss "certainly" doesn't think the book should be published.
The book was originally slated to publish on Jan. 9, but has since been moved up to Friday, "due to unprecedented demand."
Sanders first criticized the book during a press briefing on Wednesday, and she released a statement from the president criticizing his former adviser, Steve Bannon, who roundly criticizes Trump and his family in the book.
Earlier Thursday, the president's attorney, Charles Harder, threatened Wolff and his publisher, Henry Holt, over publication of the book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
Sanders declined to comment on the legal demand, pointing out that the threat came from the president's personal lawyer, rather than the White House. "The president absolutely believes in the First Amendment," Sanders said when asked. "But, as we've said before, the president also believes in making sure that information is accurate before pushing it out as fact when it certainly and clearly is not."
PEN America, an organization that champions literature and the freedom of the press, criticized Trump for trying to restrain publication of the book. "President Trump's threats represent a brazen attempt at imposing unlawful prior restraint, a form of censorship repeatedly rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court," executive director Suzanne Nossel said in part in a statement. "The president should immediately withdraw and repudiate this outrageous demand, allowing the American people to render their own judgement of the book."