The memoir of former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows has been removed from shelves by the publisher after alleged “falsehoods” became known when Meadows began cooperating with the FBI.
In his memoir, “The Chief’s Chief” Meadows documented the chaotic last year of the Trump administration, navigating the COVID outbreak and dealing with the results of the 2020 election. In December of 2021, All Seasons Publishing (ASP) released the memoir where over time it sold 60,000 of the 200,000 prospected printed copies and have now filed a lawsuit against Meadows for breach of contract.
In a lawsuit filed with Florida’s Sarasota County Court, ASP is looking to have the money advanced to Meadows for the memoir totaling $350,000 and an additional $1 million they now face in costs and damages all stemming from Meadows testimony regarding the 2020 election to the FBI.
The suit claims, “Meadows’ reported statements to the special prosecutor and/or his staff and his reported grand jury testimony squarely contradict the statements in his book. One central theme of which is that President Trump was the true winner of the 2020 presidential election and that election was ‘stolen’ and ‘rigged’ with help from ‘allies in the liberal media,’ who ignored ‘actual evidence of fraud, right there in plain sight for anyone to analyze,’ leading to the wrongful election of President Trump.”
Reports have claimed Meadows received an immunity deal from prosecution if he cooperated with Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into former President Trump’s federal and Georgia legal battles.
The same report showed Meadows contradicting himself from passages in the memoir when he “informed Smith’s team that he repeatedly told Trump in the weeks after the 2020 presidential election that the allegations of significant voting fraud coming to them were baseless, a striking break from Trump’s prolific rhetoric regarding the election.”
A chapter in his memoir was even titled “The Long Con” which began simply “I KNEW HE DIDN’t LOSE.”
ASP noted in the suit that “If such media reports are accurate, Meadows testified under oath that his book contains known falsehoods.”
In response to the lawsuit, Meadows attorney said “Mr. Meadows is aware of the specious allegations that were published regarding a portion of the book which was taken out of context, and which have already been addressed by both Mr. Meadows and former President Trump in multiple press releases.”
According to the Associated Press, “The All Seasons case is unusual both because it’s based on media reports, not direct knowledge of Meadows’ testimony, and because it’s based on alleged factual errors. Publishers rarely fact check manuscripts, relying instead on the authors to verify what they’ve written, and are far more likely to object to a book because of plagiarism or the author’s personal conduct.”