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 SessionsPress: Ukraine's not the only outrage To understand death behind bars, we need more information White House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations 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 ConwayConway and Haley get into heated feud: 'You'll say anything to get the vice-presidential nomination' NBC signs Mueller 'pit bull' prosecutor Andrew Weissman as legal analyst George Conway and Trump Jr. trade personal insults during impeachment hearing MORE, Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossHillicon Valley: Commerce extends Huawei waiver | Senate Dems unveil privacy bill priorities | House funding measure extends surveillance program | Trump to tour Apple factory | GOP bill would restrict US data going to China Trump officials extend deadline to allow companies to work with Huawei Trump trade adviser pushes back on reports of US-China tariff deal MORE and his wife Hilary Geary Ross, Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoDemocratic chairman presses Transportation secretary over transparency in Boeing 737 Max probe Lawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show Democratic lawmaker asks for probe of reports Chao favored Kentucky officials 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 DingellDemocrats demand FCC act over leak of phone location data Democratic lawmakers, 2020 candidates pay tribute to Conyers Hillicon Valley: Facebook launches 'News Tab' | Senate passes bill to take on 'deepfakes' | Schumer outlines vision for electric cars 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 TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' 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!”