Washington celebrates Bret Baier's new book
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Washington gathered on Monday night to celebrate Fox News anchor Bret Baier and the release of his new book, "Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire."

Braving a severe storm that hit the city, members of the Trump administration, lawmakers and big names from the media world were on hand to cheer Baier at the launch party at the Marriott Marquis.  

At the event were Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsData confirm that marijuana decriminalization is long overdue The FIRST STEP Act sets up a dangerous future The Sessions DOJ is working to end the great asylum hustle MORE and his wife, Mary Blackshear Sessions. Jeff Sessions told The Hill between photos with guests that he knew so many people who wanted a copy of Baier's book that he knew he had to stop by.


Also at the event were White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth Conway‘Family Guy’ to mock Trump and ‘fake news’ in upcoming episode Merriam-Webster provides meanings of 'yes' and 'no' after Trump's Russia comment Trump campaign Virginia chairman asks question in White House briefing MORE, Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOn The Money: Commerce to review uranium imports | Lawmakers urge Trump not to impose auto tariffs | White House wants steeper cuts to EPA funding | Google hit with massive B fine Auto industry groups, lawmakers urge Trump administration to avoid tariffs on auto imports Census Bureau faces hiring woes amid low unemployment MORE and his wife Hilary Geary Ross, Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoMcConnell: I won't be intimidated by protesters Protesters confront McConnell leaving Kentucky restaurant The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Wild night of primaries reshapes 2018 midterms MORE and White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow.

Several members of Baier's Fox News family also joined the celebration, including "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, reporters Jennifer Griffin and Peter Doocy and NPR political reporter and Fox News contributor Mara Liasson.

The Hill's editor-in-chief, Bob Cusack, and Politico founder and publisher Robert Allbritton also joined the festivities, along with Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellHillicon Valley: Officials pressed on Russian interference at security forum | FCC accuses Sinclair of deception | Microsoft reveals Russia tried to hack three 2018 candidates | Trump backs Google in fight with EU | Comcast gives up on Fox bid Overnight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements House Dems launching Medicare for All Caucus MORE (D-Mich.), conservative writer Guy Benson and lobbyist Heather Podesta.

"Three Days in Moscow," which Baier wrote with Catherine Whitney, details Reagan's 1988 visit to the Soviet Union and his work to bring the U.S. a peaceful victory in the Cold War.

“There are a lot of nuggets in here you’ve never, never seen, never heard of,” Baier said of the book.

The book also comes at a pivotal time in American diplomacy as President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE prepares for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“It’s really a great, great moment to look back at the past so that we can look to the future,” Baier said.

"Three Days in Moscow" follows the format of Baier's earlier book, "Three Days in January," about President Eisenhower's final days in office.

“Whenever you put a book out there, it’s like something you’ve been working on for a long time, so you wonder how people are going to perceive it,” Baier told The Hill.

Baier said focusing on the crucial, often overlooked, moments that set the stage for big diplomatic events brought new understanding. And he shared his excitement at being able to relive those moments with the people who were actually there while writing his book.

Baier and his wife Amy Baier welcomed the guests at the event. Bret Baier called them their "longtime friends" and joked about the rain and wind that was pounding D.C. on Monday evening.

“You know, they say that rain on your wedding day is good luck,” Baier said. “So, I think a derecho on your book launch is really, really powerful. All the way to No. 1!”