Washington Post reporters planning follow-up to 'A Very Stable Genius'

Washington Post reporters planning follow-up to 'A Very Stable Genius'
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Two Washington Post reporters are preparing to publish a new book on President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE's final year in office. 

Journalists Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig plan to release a follow-up to "A Very Stable Genius" — an account of Trump's first term that became a New York Times bestseller, Politico reported early Monday. 

Penguin Random House will publish the book, the news outlet reported. The publisher said it will examine Trump's "failure to take seriously and contain the COVID-19 virus, even as it ravaged the American people and economy," Politico added. 


The book will also reportedly detail Trump's "deployment of federal officers to shut down the Black Lives Matter protests and to campaign for re-election as the law-and-order president; and Trump’s attempts to discredit not only the 2020 presidential election and Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE’s victory, but our democracy itself.”

Rucker confirmed plans for the book's publication in a tweet on Monday morning.

"A Very Stable Genius" was released earlier this year and chronicles Trump's presidency during special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's investigation, fights with congressional Democrats and other episodes during his first term. 


Leonnig told NPR in January that Trump did not speak with either her or Rucker for that book. 

"The guardrails are gone, and increasingly the decisions have become more chaotic," Leonnig said. "And the people that he's surrounded by are increasingly those who think their mission is to tell him, 'Yes.' "

Last month, New York Times reporter Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats formally introduce impeachment article The Hill's Morning Report - Trump finally concedes; 25th Amendment pressure grows The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from chaotic downtown DC MORE announced she too would be penning a book about Trump, "from NYC to the presidency."  

Trump has pushed back on several books written by journalists and former administration officials during his four years in office, often suggesting incidents or anecdotes relayed within them are "fake" or fabricated. 

— Updated at 8:19 a.m.