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Bill O'Reilly Praises 'Fire and Fury' Publisher; Blasts Bannon

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By    |   Friday, 12 Jan 2018 03:03 PM

Bill O'Reilly says the publishing executives behind the release of Michael Wolff's controversial Donald Trump-bashing book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" are "good people."

And the veteran journalist and commentator believes the negative impact the bestselling tome has had on the Oval Office is chiefly the fault of Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who cooperated with Wolff and gave him access to the White House.

"I don't think it's the book that had the impact, it's the fact that Steve Bannon allowed the author of the book to come into the White House and Bannon was basically his patron," O'Reilly, author of "Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence," told Newsmax TV's John Bachman on "Newsmax Now."

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Last week, after excerpts from the book were splashed in newspapers and magazines, Trump's legal team fired off a "cease and desist" letter to Henry Holt and Company, demanding it quash publication. Holt called the demand 'flagrantly unconstitutional' and moving the publication date up by four days.

O'Reilly noted that he has a close business connection with Holt and praised the 151-year-old company, which is an arm of Macmillan, a global trade publishing group owned by Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck.

"The book comes from my publisher, Holt, who does 'Killing England' and all of my other "Killing" books, and they're good people over there," O'Reilly told Bachman.

"But if you read the book, it's not much, it's really not much. I mean, it's all a bunch of analysis by the author based upon stuff he heard. Not direct stuff. The only guy that was basically speaking to him directly was Steve Bannon."

Among the inflammatory remarks of Bannon, who got the ax from Trump last August, were that his son Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian operatives at Trump Tower was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic."

Trump said of Bannon, "When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind."

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