The co-author of a bestselling book by Donald Trump’s has reportedly received a cease and desist letter from the Trump Organization.
Following an interview done with the New Yorker Magazine, Tony Schwartz received the letter from Trump’s chief legal officer, demanding that he return all the royalty payments he received from “The Art of the Deal.”
Discussion about “cease and desist” starts at about the 2:57 mark:
“I got almost immediately that cease and desist letter delivered to me by FedEx and you know, it’s nuts and completely indicative of who he is,” Schwartz told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday.
“There’s no basis in anything legal,” he said. “I suspect that Donald Trump called up his chief legal person and said: ‘Go after that guy and do whatever you have to do.’ ”
“This poor head of legal affairs for the Trump Organization had to concoct some facacta stuff, most of which is untrue,” Schwartz said. “This notion that I didn’t write the book is so preposterous.”
“I am not certain that Donald Trump read every word, but I’m sure certain that I wrote every word,” Schwatrz continued. “The idea that he would dispute that is part of why I felt I had to come forward. The notion that if he could lie about that, Rachel, he could lie about anything.”
The letter came after Schwartz harshly criticized Trump in the magazine interview published earlier this week.
“I put lipstick on a pig,” he told the New Yorker. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” He went on, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”
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