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Gorka: I Was Told to Talk With Wolff But I Politely Declined

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By    |   Monday, 08 January 2018 03:25 PM

Sebastian Gorka says he was instructed to talk to Michael Wolff for the book he was writing about President Donald Trump, but that he politely and firmly declined, the former White House strategist wrote in a column for The Hill.

Gorka doesn't identify the person who told him to talk to the author of "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," only that he encountered Wolff in the office of the then chief of staff.

"When I met Michael Wolff in Reince Priebus' office, where he was waiting to talk to Steve Bannon, and after I had been told to also speak to him for his book, my attitude was polite but firm: 'Thanks, but no thanks,'" Gorka wrote for The Hill. "Our brief encounter reinforced my gut feeling that this oleaginous scribe had no interest in being fair and unbiased."

However, Gorka's assertion would be at odds with the White House's position that Wolff was not given access. When asked by the Washington Examiner who instructed him to talk to Wolff, Gorka said "no comment."

Gorka goes on to tear Wolff's work apart, layer by layer, especially the assertion that Wolff's sloppy reporting can somehow be excused for a larger truth.

"For Wolff and all the Trump haters who buy his book and endorse what is, in practice, a smear campaign, the philosophy is crystal clear: Facts don't matter. It's the narrative that is king," Gorka wrote for The Hill.

"Trump must be incompetent or mentally unwell because, well, we want him to be. 'Notional truth' is another phrase for my ideological 'reality,' a phrase that George Orwell would have recognized instantly," Gorka wrote.

He ended with a message to the staffers still working at the White House.

"I would like to remind my colleagues still inside the White House: You don't have to be friends with each and every journalist who seeks you out. But if you do engage, remember that smartphones make excellent recording devices," Gorka concludes.

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Sebastian Gorka says he was instructed to talk to Michael Wolff for the book he was writing about President Donald Trump but that he politely and firmly declined, the former White House strategist wrote in a column for The Hill.
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