CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) says there could be some truth behind a book that takes a look at the inner workings of the Trump Administration.
The book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” went on sale Friday despite backlash from President Donald Trump.
It includes critical remarks from former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon about Trump associates and members of his family.
“I don’t know the details of whether it’s true or false or whatever, but experience has told me there’s a kernel of truth in everything,” Capito told MetroNews during a Friday visit in Charleston.
Author Michael Wolff released the book four days ahead of schedule. Trump’s attorney sent out a cease-and-desist letter before the book went on shelves.
Wolff apparently had access to the West Wing of White House during Trump’s first year in office and conducted over 200 interviews, some of which are said to be recorded.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the book a “trashy tabloid fiction” on Wednesday after several excerpts of the book were released.
Trump took to Twitter Thursday, calling Steve Bannon “Sloppy Steve,” saying the book is not true and that he never spoke to Wolff.
I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2018
Wolff defended his work on NBC’s “Today” Friday saying he, in fact, spoke to the President on numerous occasions. During the NBC interview, he called Trump “a man who has less credibility than, perhaps, anyone who has ever walked on earth.”
Capito said parts of the book are “fun to talk about,” but that she is “more focused on the issues of the day.”