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June 15, 2020

Another tell-all book on President Trump is reportedly in the works — this time, from his niece.

Mary Trump, the daughter of Trump's late brother Fred Trump Jr., in August will publish a tell-all book titled Too Much And Never Enough, which features "harrowing and salacious" stories about the president, The Daily Beast reports.

In the book, Mary Trump reportedly reveals that she was a primary source for The New York Times' massive 2018 story that concluded Trump "participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents." She'll reportedly explain that she provided the Times with Fred Trump Sr.'s tax returns, as well as "other highly confidential family financial documentation," and she'll delve into "her involvement working with journalists Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig, and Barstow to crack the story."

Mary Trump previously spoke out publicly in a 2000 interview amid a "bitter family court battle" over Fred Trump Sr.'s will, the report notes, at the time saying that "my aunt and uncles should be ashamed of themselves."

The book from Trump's niece is reportedly set to be published by Simon & Schuster on August 11 ahead of the Republican National Convention, which begins on August 24. Simon & Schuster is also set to publish a book by John Bolton later this month, which the publisher says will allege he committed other "Ukraine-like transgressions." Brendan Morrow

June 12, 2020

Remember John Bolton's book? It's finally about to come out — and according to the publisher, it will detail more "Ukraine-like transgressions" by President Trump.

Bolton's book The Room Where It Happened is set for release later this month, and on Friday, Simon & Schuster revealed new details about it, saying that Trump's former national security adviser "argues that the House committed impeachment malpractice by keeping their prosecution focused narrowly on Ukraine when Trump's Ukraine-like transgressions existed across the full range of his foreign policy." He will reportedly detail "exactly what those were" and describe how he and others raised alarms.

Bolton did not testify during the House's impeachment inquiry, which focused on Trump pushing Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and ended with Trump's acquittal in the Senate. In February, Bolton said that "my testimony would have made no difference to the ultimate outcome."

Additionally, Bolton's book will describe "chaos in the White House," as well as Trump's "inconsistent, scattershot decision-making process" and Bolton's astonishment over Trump's singular focus on his re-election, Simon & Schuster says.

"I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn't driven by re-election calculations," Bolton writes.

The White House has been trying to prevent Bolton's book from being published and recently told him that it contains classified information, though Bolton's lawyer calls this a "transparent attempt to use national security as a pretext to censor Mr. Bolton, in violation of his constitutional right to speak on matters of the utmost public import," The New York Times reports.

The book's publication is evidently still good to go for June 23, and Simon & Schuster touts it as "the book Donald Trump doesn't want you to read." According to Axios, in fact, "people close to Trump have been worried about the book because Bolton was known as the most prolific note taker in high-level meetings." Brendan Morrow

February 13, 2020

Colin Kaepernick has a memoir on the way, and he plans to delve into the question, "Why did I do it?"

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started a movement in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racism announced Thursday he's releasing a memoir through his new publishing company, Kaepernick Publishing, The New York Times reports.

"I want to tell the story of my evolution, and the events that led me to protest systemic oppression, in hopes that it will inspire others to rise in action,” Kaepernick said in a statement. Kaepernick Publishing described the book as "part political awakening and part memoir." The Washington Post reports Kaepernick has been shopping a book going back to 2017, though the Times notes he's "said very little" in the past few years since becoming a free agent.

In an interview with USA Today, Kaepernick explained, "I've had a lot of questions surrounding what got me to the point of protesting. Why did I do it? Why did I do it at that moment? Why wasn't it earlier in my career? A lot of questions surrounding what led me to that point. Which led me to wanting to share that story and give insight."

Kaepernick, who settled his collusion lawsuit against the NFL last year, also told USA Today, "My desire to play football is still there. ... So I hope I get a call this offseason. I'll be looking forward to it." Brendan Morrow

October 10, 2019

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton looks ready to have his say.

Exactly one month after his exit, Axios reported Thursday Bolton is planning to write a book about his time in the Trump administration. He's reportedly being represented by Javelin's Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn, who previously represented former FBI Director James Comey.

President Trump and Bolton parted on bad terms, to say the least, with Trump announcing in September he fired Bolton, only for Bolton to immediately begin texting reporters to say he actually resigned. The two reportedly got into a "bitter argument" right before his ouster about Trump's plan to host the Taliban at Camp David.

Almost immediately after Bolton was gone, Trump began publicly trashing him, telling reporters the day following his exit he "made some very big mistakes" and "got us into Iraq."

"I hope we've left in good stead, but maybe we haven't," Trump added.

It seems safe to say they haven't, especially since Bolton reportedly "ripped" Trump at a private event in September. Now, Axios reports senior White House officials have "privately expressed concerns about what Bolton might say and reveal about his time serving Trump." Trump himself, clearly, won't be happy with Bolton's plans. The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey reports that when former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly left the administration, Trump specifically asked him not to write a book; he has reportedly told aides, "I hate these books."

Although Bolton said last month he has a "self-imposed restriction" about going into details about his White House tenure, he vowed after his ouster that he'd "have my say in due course." This book will give him a platform to do just that, and The Daily Beast reported last month Bolton was already speaking with literary agents about writing it, with one source saying, "He has a lot to dish." Brendan Morrow

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