Billionaire investor Tom Steyer told KQED-TV he bought 535 copies of "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" so he can have the controversial book about Trump hand-delivered to every member of Congress.
Steyer's action marks the latest chapter in his quest to have President Donald Trump removed from office. In October, the Democratic donor launched internet and TV campaigns calling for Trump’s impeachment.
Why did he buy the books?
Steyer believes information in the book bolsters his case against Trump.
“We believed when we started this impeachment petition on Oct. 20, we felt every subsequent day would bring information that would bolster our argument that this was a dangerous, unfit president who needed to be removed from office,” Steyer told KQED. “and from what I can tell, this book makes that case in very bold letters.”
Michael Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury,” started a firestorm following its release last week. Among other things, the book features comments by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. A meeting between a key Trump campaign figure and Russian operatives was treasonous and unpatriotic, Bannon reportedly says in the book.
As excerpts from the book began appearing online, Trump took to Twitter, defending himself and threatening legal action against Bannon and the book.
Steyer’s persistence against Trump has not made him popular among many leaders of the Democratic party. For example, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said the impeachment campaign is impractical and distracts from more important issues, KQED reported.
Steyer, however, believes he has “open and shut case that [Trump] has met the criteria for impeachment,” according to KQED.
“We’re not convincing anyone to do this,” he told the news outlet. “We’re enabling them to put together a collective national voice to speak up to national officials.”
How much does this cost?
Steyer has already paid millions out of his own pocket to support an online petition and television ads in which he states his case for Trump’s impeachment, according to published reports. He'll pay roughly $8,000 for 535 copies of "Fire and Fury," plus any cost to have the books hand-delivered.
“I want to be part of the group of people who push America back onto a just and prosperous path,” he told KQED.
During a news conference Monday in Washington, D.C., Steyer is expected to announce any political aspirations he has for 2018.