U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyers have issued former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon a cease and desist order related to his forthcoming book, requesting that he refrain from making "disparaging comments" against the president and his family or face legal action, ABC news has reported.
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Lawyers have claimed that Bannon's upcoming book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," explosive excerpts of which were released on Wednesday, give rise to "numerous legal claims" including libel and slander, and "breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our clients."
In the book excerpts seen by Reuters, Bannon said a 2016 meeting held by Donald Trump Jr. and his father's top campaign officials was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic." He also expressed derision and astonishment over the meeting in Trump Tower in New York in which Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was said to be offering damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The book is also reportedly replete with accounts of rancor between Bannon on one hand and Kushner and his wife, Ivanka, on the other.
According to Trump's lawyers, legal action is imminent.
After excerpts of the book were published on Wednesday, Trump charged that Bannon had "lost his mind" after he lost his job as a White House chief strategist.
"Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency," Trump said in a statement on Wednesday. "When he was fired, he not only lost his job, but lost his mind."
"Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn't as easy as I make it look," Trump added. "Steve had very little to do with our historic victory."