The CEO of Macmillan Publishers has responded to “intimidation” from the President of the United States.
John Sargent sent out a memo this morning to employees regarding the legal threat from President Trump and his lawyers.
“The president is free to call news ‘fake’ and to blast the media. That goes against convention, but it is not unconstitutional,” Sargent wrote. “But a demand to cease and desist publication—a clear effort by the President of the United States to intimidate a publisher into halting publication of an important book on the workings of the government—is an attempt to achieve what is called prior restraint. That is something that no American court would order as it is flagrantly unconstitutional.”
Trump has repeatedly bashed the book and Michael Wolff, though it has done remarkably well in sales since the first excerpts dropped last week.
You can read Sargent’s full memo below, via NBC News:
‘Fire and Fury’ publisher in letter to employees: “We will not allow any president to achieve by intimidation what our Constitution precludes him or her from achieving in court.” pic.twitter.com/D6BG1RZ2Pd
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 8, 2018
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