Billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer: We're Hand-Delivering New Anti-Trump Book to All of Congress

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Billionaire hedge fund manager and philanthropist Tom Steyer speaks during a press conference at the National Press Club December 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Steyer, founder of the "Need To Impeach" initiative, presented legal grounds calling for the impeachment investigation of U.S. President Donald Trump during the press conference.  (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Billionaire investor and Democratic donor Tom Steyer says he bought 535 copies of the controversial new book about the Trump presidency, "Fire and Fury," and plans to have them hand-delivered to each member of Congress. Last October, Steyer launched an internet and TV ad campaign to impeach 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 Newsroom, "and from what I can tell, this book makes that case in very bold letters."

"Fire and Fury," written by Michael Wolff, gained serious attention earlier this week when excerpts from the book included former Trump adviser Steve Bannon calling a meeting between top Trump campaign members and Russian operatives in June 2016 "treasonous" and "unpatriotic."

Trump responded to the excerpts by lashing out at Bannon on Twitter and threatening legal action against Bannon and the book.


Steyer has faced criticism from many leaders within the Democratic party, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, for his impeachment campaign, saying it is unpractical, distracts from Robert Mueller's investigation and could jeopardize Democratic efforts to take back Congress in 2018.

Steyer says he supports the Mueller investigation but believes that there is an "open and shut case that [Trump] has met the criteria for impeachment."

"We're not convincing anyone to do this," Steyer added. "We're enabling them to put together a collective national voice to speak up to national officials."

Steyer has poured millions of his own dollars into the impeachment campaign, which includes an online petition and TV ads with Steyer making the case for impeachment.

Steyer's heavy visibility in the effort has continued to spark speculation that he could make a run for the U.S. Senate or governor this year. He has regularly challenged elected officials on impeachment and, more recently, on sexual harassment.

"I want to be part of the group of people who push America back onto a just and prosperous path," Steyer said, while dodging questions on his thoughts on the current field of candidates.

State Senate President Kevin de Leon is challenging Sen. Dianne Feinstein for the U.S. Senate, and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa lead the Democratic candidates for governor.

Steyer has a news conference planned for Monday in Washington D.C. where he is expected to announce his future political plans.

See Steyer's full interview on KQED Newsroom below.