Publisher Will Not Cease and Desist Publishing Fire and Fury
Macmillan CEO John Sargent has responded to Donald Trump's cease and desist order for Fire and Fury, the book which goes inside the reportedly troubled administration.
"The president is free to call news 'fake' and to blast the media. That goes against convention, but it is not unconstitutional," Sargent wrote. "But a demand to cease and desist publication-a clear effort by the President of the United States to intimidate a publisher into halting publication of an important book on the workings of the government-is an attempt to achieve what is called prior restraint. That is something that no American court would order as it is flagrantly unconstitutional."
"There is no ambiguity here. This is an underlying principle of our democracy. We cannot stand silent," Sargent added in his memo. "We will not allow any president to achieve by intimidation what our Constitution precludes him or her from achieving in court. We need to respond strongly for Michael Wolff and his book, but also for all authors and all their books, now and in the future. And as citizens we must demand that President Trump understand and abide by the First Amendment of our Constitution."
The company also responded formally via their lawyers. See the full response here!