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David Bossie Admits Talking to Wolff: 'A Waste of My Time'

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By    |   Monday, 08 January 2018 02:36 PM

David Bossie, President Donald Trump's former deputy campaign manager, admitted Monday he sat for an interview with writer Michael Wolff this past summer, but it was a "waste of my time."

"I actually did, probably in about June of this year," Bossie told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "I sat down with him for probably 40 minutes and it was a waste of my time . . .

"I had really not been interested in sitting down with anybody about any book, mostly because [then-campaign manager] Corey Lewandowski and I were writing our own. I found very little value wanting to sit with him."

Bossie said former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who drew the ire of the president for his own comments in Wolff's book, asked him to sit down to talk with the author. He noted that he does not know why Bannon wanted him to speak with Wolff, and he does not know why he would have allowed the author to have so much access.

He said he also does not know why Bannon made many of the claims included in the book.

"I know Steve Bannon has started his explanation and I think there is still a way to go in it," said Bossie. "However, there are other people who spoke to this person within the White House, within the administration, and they have some explaining to do as well."

Bossie, who chairs the conservative advocacy group Citizens United, said the book Wolff ended up writing is "quite boring."

"I'm with the members of the administration, like [CIA Director] Mike Pompeo who just find this book to be pure fiction," said Bossie. "It is outrageous on its face. First of all, I read about half the book and it is quite boring, to be candid with you. As somebody who lived through that campaign and the transition, it is just not very well done."

Just weeks before Wolff released his book, Bossie and Lewandowski unveiled their own book, "Let Trump be Trump," which was about working on the president's 2016 campaign.

Wolff's book, however, has attracted a great deal of controversy with its claims and quotes about Trump's fitness for office, and Bossie Monday derided it as being nothing but gossip.

"This book, is just the National Enquirer on steroids and that's all I consider it," said Bossie. "I just find it to not be a very insightful book. It's full of lies. On election night, he says Melania Trump was crying, in tears. It's the furthest thing from the truth. I stood very near Melania Trump most of the evening. The entire family was ecstatic."

He also denied that people with the campaign thought Trump would lose.

"In the week leading up to the election, what we talk about is a firsthand account how the polling data, how our intelligence had shown us and our campaign closing that gap, closing down those polling numbers in those battleground states that we ended up winning on election night," said Bossie.

"Anything can happen on Election Day, but we thought we would win."

Bossie said he does think that Wolff wrote a book "to fit the narrative he wanted."

"Right in the prologue of this book of fiction and lies, he says right in the first pages that this is my version of the truth," said Bossie. "He doesn't say this is the truth. This is my version of the truth. That's his words. So, you can discount most of what is in it."

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David Bossie, President Donald Trump's former deputy campaign manager, admitted Monday he sat for an interview with writer Michael Wolff this past summer, but it was a "waste of my time."
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