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 SessionsSessions: DOJ concerned about suppression of free speech on college campuses Faith communities are mobilizing against Trump’s family separation policy Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lands book deal 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 ConwayThe Memo: Kavanaugh firestorm consumes political world Conway: Kavanaugh accuser 'should not be ignored’ George Conway rips Trump over tweet about Obama's '57 states' gaffe MORE, Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOn The Money: Senate approves 4B spending bill | China imposes new tariffs on billion in US goods | Ross downplays new tariffs: 'Nobody's going to actually notice' Ross: 'Nobody's going to actually notice' new tariffs on China China imposes new tariffs on billion of US goods: report MORE and his wife Hilary Geary Ross, Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil Kathy Griffin offers her guesses on anti-Trump op-ed author A fuel-economy change that protect freedom and saves lives 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 DingellFormer Rep. John Dingell returns to Twitter after heart attack John Dingell suffers heart attack, said to be ‘in good spirits’ The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil 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 TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' 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!”