Publisher Henry Holt & Co is pushing up the release date of Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House to Jan. 5, four days ahead of the planned publication date. Henry Holt & Co will continue with publication, despite a cease and desist order issued by Donald Trump's lawyers earlier this week that demanded the book and no further excerpts be released.
"Due to unprecedented demand we are moving the on-sale date for all formats of ‘Fire and Fury,’ by Michael Wolff, to Friday, January 5, at 9 a.m. ET, from the current on-sale date of Tuesday, January 9," the publisher said in a statement.
The book is already a #1 bestseller on Amazon.
Fire and Fury has been making headlines in recent days after an excerpt published by New York magazine drew the ire of the White House. According to a copy of the book obtained by The Guardian, the book contains a number of bombshell allegations about the Trump administration and quotes former advisor Steve Bannon extensively. In one particularly explosive section, Bannon describes Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a group of Russians as "unpatriotic" and "treasonous." Bannon, a former advisor to Trump, was fired in August.
In response, the Trump administration released a statement condemning Bannon earlier this week: "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."
Wolff, a winner of the National Magazine Award, reportedly based his book on more than 200 interviews with the president, his advisors, and other White House staffers. According to The Guardian, Bannon is quoted extensively in the book, and is particularly passionate in his comments about a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., former campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Reportedly, an intermediary promised the Trump campaign information that would "incriminate" Hillary Clinton. Instead of reporting this incident to authorities, Donald Trump Jr. responded in an email: "I love it."
“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately," Bannon told Wolff, he writes in the book.
Wolff apparently gained insight into Trump's personal habits, as well. According to the excerpt published by New York, Trump has an affinity for eating cheeseburgers in bed for dinner while watching three screens and making phone calls to his group of friends.
Fire and Fury is available for pre-order now.