Sebastian Gorka (AP/Susan Walsh)

Sebastian Gorka admits he was "told" to cooperate with Michael Wolff

The former White House staffer attempted to discredit "Fire and Fury" — but he inadvertently undercut Trump instead


Charlie May
January 8, 2018 9:29PM (UTC)

Sebastian Gorka, penned an op-ed in The Hill in which he slammed author Michael Wolff's explosive new book on the early months of the Trump White House, "Fire and Fury," but he also may have inadvertently revealed a major hole in President Donald Trump's defense that he never authorized Wolff access to the White House.

Gorka, the likely forgotten yes-man who worked for Trump's White House in a capacity that was largely unknown to most, wrote that "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.'"

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Gorka admitted he was "told" to speak with Wolff for the book he was writing, which contradicts the president's recent tweet that he "authorized Zero access to White House."

Gorka then went on to say that his "brief encounter" with Wolff "reinforced my gut feeling that this oleaginous scribe had no interest in being fair and unbiased." Though, Gorka is not known to have raised any alarms about these feelings to this point.

The former Trump White House staffer continued to rail against the book and tout its bias and unfair treatment of the president.

"I refuse to buy the book of a man who so avowedly holds what, in a previous age, we would have called treasonous goals," Gorka wrote. "But I have read the publicly released excerpts and therefore feel that we can all draw some practical conclusions."

The point is, Gorka incidentally raised some new and peculiar questions. Trump has asserted he didn't authorize any access, and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has downplayed Wolff's access to White House staffers, so why were Gorka, Bannon and presumably other White House staffers cooperating by giving Wolff interviews? Who told them to participate in these interviews?

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Wolff may actually be able to provide some of those answers, as he said on Monday that the top leaker from the White House is the president himself.

"The biggest leaker was Donald Trump," Wolff said on MSNBC. He added that "many of the leaks that [Trump] would come out and rail against" was because "he gets on the phone at night" and runs his mouth to friends or associates.


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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