Lawyers operating on President Trump’s behalf have sent Steve Bannon a cease-and-desist letter demanding he stop “disparaging statements” about the president and his family. Attorney Charles J. Harder sent the message to Bannon late Wednesday after the former White House chief strategist was publicly quoted deriding Trump’s eldest son.
“On behalf of our clients, legal notice was issued today to Stephen K. Bannon, that his actions communicating with author Michael Wolff regarding an upcoming book give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our client,” Harder’s letter reads, according to ABC News.
“You [Bannon] have breached the Agreement by, among other things, communicating with author Michael Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company, disclosing Confidential Information to Mr. Wolff, and making disparaging comments and in some cases defamatory statements to Mr. Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company, knowing that they would be included in Mr. Wolff’s book and publicity surrounding the marketing and sale of his book.”
“Remedies for your breach of the agreement include but are not limited to monetary damages, injunctive relief and all other remedies available at law and equity.”
Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” is due out next week, and excerpts of it began publicly appearing in the media Wednesday.
Trump on Wednesday blasted Bannon for his reported remarks from the book, arguing he had “no influence” during his time in the White House.
“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” he said in a statement issued by the White House.
“When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” Trump added of Bannon, who exited the president’s administration last August.
Bannon was quoted in public excerpts of Wolff’s book calling Donald Trump Jr.’s controversial 2016 meeting with a group of Russians “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”
Donald Trump Jr. met with the Russians at Trump Tower in New York City after an intermediary offered him damaging information about 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The huddle has attracted fresh scrutiny amid Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 White House race. Mueller’s probe includes potential collusion between Russia and President Trump’s election campaign.