Donald Trump Jr. Is Trying to Publish A ‘Defending Daddy’ Book, And It’s Not Going Very Well…
Donald Trump Jr. is reportedly trying to hock a new book about how his father had nothing to do with Russia’s effort to manipulate the 2016 presidential election. However, most major publishers have declined to give him a deal; perhaps they’re worried their author would soon be behind bars.
Fox Business reports that several publishers have passed on a deal with Trump Jr., calling the general reception to the idea “chilly.” Sources say that Trump Jr.’s own involvement in the Russia investigation influenced the decisions of the publishers. Furthermore, those same sources say that at least two publishers rejected the book within days of receiving the offer, not even bothering to respond with a low-ball bid.
A source for Fox Business said, “There was basically no interest in a book that’s basically a defense of daddy book when you’re under federal investigation yourself.”
Trump Jr.’s attorney declined to comment.
On the other hand, several Trump associates have had success selling books that are sympathetic to the President and his agenda, including former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, GOP consultant David Bossie, and Newt Gingrich. Trump Jr. appears to be trying to cash-in on the same kind of success offered by his close proximity to the President, not to mention the investigation into Russian interference.
It’s unclear whether or not his testimony in a manuscript could ultimately be used against him in a court of law. Some of the sticking points of Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s communications with Russian government officials directly involves Trump Jr., who reportedly held a meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who offered dirt on then-candidate Hillary Clinton.
More recently, The New York Times reported that Trump Jr. held another meeting with an emissary representing Saudi Arabi and the United Arab Emirates, as well as with an Israeli social media operator. Trump Jr.’s attorney stated that nothing came of the meeting, saying “prior to the 2016 election, Donald Trump Jr. recalls a meeting with Erik Prince, George Nader, and another individual who may be Joel Zamel. They pitched Mr. Trump Jr. on a social media platform or marketing strategy. He was not interested and that was the end of it.”
As the Mueller investigation heats up, and as Trump’s defense lawyer take a more aggressive position against the Special Counsel, the President’s eldest son might want to consider making a deal sooner rather than later. The chances of striking a deal with a publisher will probably go through the floor if Trump Jr. is eventually indicted.
“The thinking is if he’s going to be charged,” said a source close to the issue, “you have just wasted your advance money.”