The efforts by the White House to discredit author Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury book erupted during a Saturday morning interview with CNN anchor Michael Smerconish.
"It sounds like you're presenting yourself as an individual who has [Trump's] best interest at heart, likes him, wants to show a more humanizing side of him and for that reason you should be given access," Smerconish said. "It becomes relevant, because many of us who read the book, and I read the book, are trying to understand where the White House denies it, well what's true and what's not true? And, therefore, your level of veracity in walking in the door becomes significant."
"And I'm missing -- so what are you implying here?" Wolff asked. "That's exactly what I had in mind to do, it was open your kimono, let me see."
"I wrote the story that I got, I wrote what I saw and what I heard," Wolff suggested.
"I think we should point out that someone in the White House is obviously giving you e-mails that I sent, which is perfectly fine, but, you know, the White House has been on a concerted attack on me since this book came out," Wolff reminded.
"By the way, a totally incompetent attack, which so far has found a few typos and turned this book into the best-selling book in the world," Wolff argued.
"But you are now doing the job of the White House, just so everybody knows that," Wolff charged.
"Well, wait a minute, I read the book, I took the time to read the book," Smerconish claimed. "I have questions as a reader."
"Someone is giving you e-mails that I wrote. So, therefore, this is -- you're doing the work of the White House to discredit this book," Wolff concluded.