Author and media critic Michael Wolff's book about the Trump campaign and administration, Fire and Fury: Inside the White House, was leaked/excerpted/unofficially released on Wednesday and, well, just, wow.
BuzzFeed News has obtained a copy of the book, which was initially set for release on Jan. 9.
The Guardian first published excerpts from the book in which former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon torched President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka; her husband, Jared Kushner; and Trump's son Donald Trump Jr.
New York magazine also got a lengthy excerpt. And NBC News reporters obtained a copy and have been tweeting out segments.
Here's how New York magazine explained the reporting:
Wolff, who chronicles the administration from Election Day to this past October, conducted conversations and interviews over a period of 18 months with the president, most members of his senior staff, and many people to whom they in turn spoke. Shortly after Trump’s inauguration, Wolff says, he was able to take up “something like a semi-permanent seat on a couch in the West Wing”—an idea encouraged by the president himself. Because no one was in a position to either officially approve or formally deny such access, Wolff became “more a constant interloper than an invited guest.” There were no ground rules placed on his access, and he was required to make no promises about how he would report on what he witnessed.
In his first response to the book, Trump shot back at Bannon, saying he had "lost his mind" when he left the White House:
Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party.
Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base—he’s only in it for himself.
Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.
We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down.