Michael Wolff: "Vile And Ludicrous" President Trump Is "Functionally A Madman"


In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, Michael Wolff, the author of "Fire and Fury" and the upcoming book "Siege: Trump Under Fire," defended his claim that Mueller drafted an indictment for President Trump -- something Mueller denies. Wolff said that the president is "functionally a madman" and those who have spent the most time with him describe him as "vile and ludicrous."

Wolff said the document has two parts. "The first part outlines all of the particulars of the indictment, hence my characterization of this as a draft indictment," Wolff said. "And the second part is an argument, an incredibly powerful argument by the way, about why the special counsel can, in fact, indict a sitting president."

"I'm not going to speculate on the motives of my source or sources here, just to say that the source is a very, very good one," Wolff told Inskeep.

"Everything in this book is something that I concluded is accurate and true," Wolff explained. "And that's a process of 'Do I trust my source?' Number one. And remember, I'm not beginning at ground zero here. I've written one book that has been, I think, largely confirmed by all subsequent accounts. So I'm pretty familiar with, if not extremely familiar with, everybody I'm talking to here. And then I like to hear it a couple of times and in the situation of people I trust of hearing things more than once and then it gets into the book."

"When I went into the first book, I thought that there was some rationality about Donald Trump," Wolff said. "A method to his madness. I no longer believe that... The narrative when this administration began is that he was a right-wing despot and thug who would bring terrible policies to the United States. I think there is probably less of a chance of that because everything shifts from moment to moment and he has no grand intentions here. Whatever irrational moment he has now might as well be reversed by another irrational moment to come."

(h/t: Mediaite)

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