While Der Trumpenführer continues to lash out at Steve Bannon over statements Bannon made in Michael Wolff's new book on the insanity and malfeasance of the Trump White House, word is out that (i) sales of the book are starting tomorrow instead of next week, and (ii) Wolff has tapes of his sources to back up his allegations. Obviously, the tapes will make it far harder for Trump apologists to claim that Wolff's sources never made the statements attributed to them. And meanwhile, the furor coming from the White House and efforts to attack the book and its publisher - a cease and desist demand was sent by a Trump attorney to both Wolff and the publisher - will only serve to make sales even more brisk (you can pre-order it on Amazon now - I did). A piece in Axios looks at how Wolff documented the book and his sources. Get out your popcorn as the shit storm begins in earnest. Here are Axios excerpts:
Michael Wolff has tapes to back up quotes in his incendiary book — dozens of hours of them.
Among the sources he taped, I'm told, are Steve Bannon and former White House deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh.
· So that's going to make it harder for officials to deny embarrassing or revealing quotes attributed to them in "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," out Tuesday.
· In some cases, the officials thought they were talking off the record. But what are they going to do now?
· Although the White House yesterday portrayed Wolff as a poseur, he spent hours at a time in private areas of the West Wing, including the office of Reince Priebus when he was chief of staff.
· The White House says Wolff was cleared for access to the West Wing fewer than 20 times.
· Wolff, a New Yorker, stayed at the Hay Adams Hotel when he came down to D.C., and White House sources frequently crossed Lafayette Park to meet him there.
Some reporters and officials are calling the book sloppy, and challenging specific passages.· How could Wolff possibly know for sure what Steve Bannon and the late Roger Ailes said at a private dinner?
· It turns out Wolff hosted the dinner for six at his Manhattan townhouse.
Part of Wolff's lengthy index entry for Bannon: