The Trump administration is working to rewrite the book of memoirs written by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who left the administration in March amid allegations of anti-Semitism.
The effort, according to three people familiar with the plans, will focus on Bannon’s role in shaping Trump’s foreign policy, including the Iran nuclear deal, his early presidency and the campaign.
Bannon has a history of challenging the mainstream media and pushing back against the president, and his book, which he wrote while still at the White House, is seen by some as the most damning indictment of Trump yet.
Some members of the Trump transition team, including Jared Kushner, are also expected to play a role in the book.
They include two people familiar and one of whom asked not to be identified because the plans were not public.
Trump’s son-in-law, Eric Trump, has been working on the book, and the administration is weighing his participation.
The book will focus mainly on the rise of Bannon as a national security strategist, but the book will also examine Trump’s relationship with foreign leaders and other policy decisions.
Bannon’s book, “The Art of the Deal,” is expected to hit shelves in December.
In the book Bannon portrays the president as an opportunistic, unprincipled and divisive figure who exploited his position to advance a radical agenda.
It was published in March and is a major selling point for Bannon, whose former boss, then-candidate Trump, called him “one of the most brilliant political minds of our time.”
Bannon wrote that Trump “invented the term ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ in order to justify the war against his own country and the expansion of his regime.”
The book said that Trump was so successful in convincing the public that the U.S. needed to go to war against Iraq that he could “make an entire world believe that he was the only person who could make it happen.”
“Bannon’s argument was so convincing that even his enemies within the administration were convinced that it was the truth,” the book said.
Battling back in the White RoomThe plan also involves a “major rewrite” of Bannon’s history, according a person familiar with it.
It is not clear whether the rewritten book will include a direct examination of the Iran deal or details about his relationship with Kushner.
White House officials did not respond to questions about the rewrite plan, including whether Kushner or Trump had discussed it before the book was scheduled to go out.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Several sources familiar with Bannon’s plans told Fortune that the revised version of the book would be less of a memoir and more of a “rehash of Bannon trying to defend Trump” against critics who say the book paints a false picture of his tenure.
“Steve Bannon was an extremely divisive figure,” one person familiar said.
“People had no choice but to do what he did.”
The book is expected not to focus on any specific policies, such as whether the Iran agreement was good or bad.
Instead, it will look at Bannon’s “decision making process” and how it impacted Trump, the book’s publisher and its author, Robert Costa.
It also will detail Bannon’s personal life, including his relationships with Ivanka Trump, his children and grandchildren.
Sources familiar with internal discussions about the book have said that the book is still being written and that it is still in the works.
A spokesman for Costa declined to comment.
Bannon, the former Breitbart News editor and former White and African American chief strategist, left the White the following month amid allegations that he incited white nationalists and other alt-right activists against minorities.
The New York Times reported in March that Bannon had encouraged his colleagues to publicly call for the killing of black people, a crime Bannon said was a “white-supremacist dream.”
The White house dismissed the allegations.
The FBI opened an investigation into the allegations and said they were “not relevant” to the Trump presidency.
According to the book published in late April, Bannon became frustrated when Trump pushed the Iran issue in the Oval Office.
He wanted to get rid of the deal and “go home to some of his friends,” the memoir said.
Bannon wrote that the White house was “deeply disappointed” that Trump had “skeptically rejected” his efforts.
Bannon said he was “determined to be an active player” in shaping the Iran negotiations.
He said that, because of his history, “I was going to be a key player in the next administration.”
The authors of the revised book said Bannon did not feel comfortable coming to the White a third time and that the focus of the new book was to “present Trump with a different perspective.”
Bannon, who was hired as a senior adviser to Trump in January, has come under scrutiny over allegations of antisemitism and anti-Semitic comments.
The former Breitbart editor has said he does not believe the accusations.
Bannon denied the accusations,