Author and media columnist Michael Wolff standing in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York in January 2017. His book, he writes in an author’s note, is based on about 200 interviews, including at least one conversation with the president. Photograph:  Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Michael Wolff has, for years, been a prime piranha in the Manhattan media pond, using his caustic columns to tear into his lunchmates at Michael’s, th(...)

John Kelly, the White House chief of staff: he  has made clear that one thing he will not seek to directly control is the behaviour of the president. Photograph:  Tom Brenner/The New York Times

For months, the White House under President Donald Trump operated with few real rules, and those were barely enforced. People wandered into the Oval O(...)

Then FBI director James Comey testifying  before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 3rd. He was fired on May 9th. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York

By the end, neither of them thought much of the other. After President Donald Trump accused his predecessor in March of wiretapping him, James Comey, (...)

White House strategist Steve Bannon (right) with national security adviser HR McMaster. Bannon is said to have told friends and associates that he needs to pick his battles carefully. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Stephen Bannon, President Donald Trump’s grenade-lobbing pugilist of a chief strategist, has a fitting nickname for his West Wing office: “The war roo(...)

 White House strategist Steve Bannon, who was removed from the national security council on Wednesday. Several associates said President Donald Trump had quietly expressed annoyance over the credit Bannon has received for setting the agenda. Photograph:  Andrew Harrer/Getty Images

For the first 10 weeks of US president Donald Trump’s administration, no adviser loomed larger in the public imagination than Stephen Bannon, the raw (...)