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Journalism legend Gay Talese disavows latest book after ‘dishonorable’ source is exposed

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Author and journalist Gay Talese, who is credited with pioneering literary journalism, is disavowing his new book after reporting by the Washington Post undermined the credibility of his primary source.

“The source of my book, Gerald Foos, is certifiably unreliable,” Talese said when contacted by the Post. “He’s a dishonorable man, totally dishonorable.”

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The book, which was slated for publication on July 12, concerns Foos’ alleged voyeuristic activities as the owner of a Colorado motel. Foos said he would spy on guests from an area he described as a “sexual researcher’s station” between the late 1960s and the 1990s.

But the Post reported that contrary to the book’s account, Foos was not the proprietor between 1980 and 1988, when the hotel went through various sales.

“I did the best I could on this book, but maybe it wasn’t good enough,” said Talese, who was unaware of the transactions.

Foos, who is now 82 years old, defended his account of the hotel’s history, which he preserved in journal entries that were sourced in Talese’s reporting.

“I can swear to this, and I can say this unequivocally and without recourse, that I have never purposely told a lie,” Foos said. “Everything I said in that book is the truth.”

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Property records show that Foos also misstated regarding the end of his second tenure as the motel’s owner: He told Talese that he sold it to “Korean-born residents of Denver” in August 1996. But he actually sold it to a man named Bruno G. Previtali a year earlier.

Foos’ allegation that his son Mark Foos lived in the same apartment as Aurora mass shooter James Holmes — though not at the same time — was also debunked. Records showed that the younger Foos lived in the town at the same time as Holmes, but in different apartment buildings.

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Mitt Romney: GOP senators ‘increasingly likely’ to call John Bolton to testify in impeachment trial

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John Bolton's book bombshell may have broken President Donald Trump's grip on the Republican Party.

The former national security adviser's forthcoming book "The Room Where It Happened" claims Trump explicitly tied Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe Biden, and GOP senators are publicly saying they want him to testify during the impeachment trial.

“I think it’s increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton," said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT).

.@SenatorRomney tells reporters just now: “I think it’s increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton.”

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Lindsey Graham abruptly cancels planned press conference in wake of John Bolton bombshell

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) abruptly canceled a planned press conference that had been scheduled for Monday morning after a bombshell report claimed that former national security adviser John Bolton is backing up a key allegation in the impeachment case against President Donald Trump.

Graham was originally set to talk at 11:30 a.m. on Monday alongside several of his fellow Republican senators, but Politico's Jake Sherman reveals that press event has now been shut down.

The graham presser has been canceled. https://t.co/sRwLzQMqri

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GOP ex-congressman calls on Justice Roberts to override Republican effort to block witnesses

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In a column for the New York Times, former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, former Rep. Mickey Edwards (R-OK) and Georgetown law professor Joshua A. Geltzer urged Supreme Court Justice John Roberts to intercede and demand Senate Republicans allow witnesses in light of the latest John Bolton bombshell.

Following a New Times report that stated "President Trump directly tied the withholding of almost $400 million in American security aid to investigations that he sought from Ukrainian officials, according to an unpublished manuscript of a book that John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, wrote about his time in the White House," the three took to the Times editorial page to implore Roberts to step in.

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