The book by Vicky Ward, which CNN has reviewed, paints a chaotic account of the days leading up to and following the removal of the FBI director in May 2017 — a move that led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. Ward attributed much of the information in her book to interviews with anonymous sources.
A section on Comey’s firing opened with an anecdote saying a letter from Trump firing Comey went to then-White House top economic adviser Gary Cohn’s printer. Cohn, in turn, had his aide take the document to then-White House counsel Don McGahn, who said, “Oh f***” when he got the letter and realized it had not been sent to the right place.
“It’s sad, but not surprising, the media would spend time promoting a book based on shady anonymous sources and false information instead of all the incredible work Jared and Ivanka are doing for the country,” Sanders said Tuesday. “The author, on her own website, listed this book in the category of “fiction” — until recently changing it. Her initial representation was accurate.”
Peter Mirijanian, a spokesperson for Kushner’s attorney Abbe Lowell, previously told CNN that “every point that Ms. Ward mentioned in what she called her ‘fact checking’ stage was entirely false. It seems she has written a book of fiction rather than any serious attempt to get the facts. Correcting everything wrong would take too long and be pointless.”
Cohn did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on this story.
Kushner stood by the firing, the book said, citing “sources within hearing distance,” and told Powell “this is what should be done.”
“This guy is not on our team,” Kushner said, according to Ward’s account of the conversation.
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