Something fascinating about the new Bob Woodward book, for White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, is what is not in it — claims about collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian interests.
“The one thing I don’t see in the Woodward book, which is very fascinating, is Russia collusion,” Conway said Wednesday night during “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News. “The media spent more time on that story than anything else. But is it in there?”
“In other words — if you are a journalist who took down Richard Nixon, if you’re deeply respected in many corners in Washington, D.C., wouldn’t somebody who had evidence of that come to you and leak it out?” Conway told host Laura Ingraham. “When they have nothing to say, they move to the next point.”
Woodward and former colleague Carl Bernstein were metro desk reporters at The Washington Post who first exposed the Watergate burglary in 1972. Excerpts from Woodward’s forthcoming book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” portray Trump’s White House as chaotic, unpredictable, and full of staffers who disrespect the president and talk behind his back.
Trump pushed back hard on the book, tweeting Wednesday, “Isn’t it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost. Don’t know why Washington politicians don’t change libel laws?”
Isn’t it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost. Don’t know why Washington politicians don’t change libel laws?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
Although Woodward is widely respected in the journalism fraternity, his reporting and writing have not escaped controversy. In particular, the widow of former CIA Director William J. Casey claimed Woodward completely fabricated deathbed quotes attributed to her husband for the journalist’s 1987 book, “Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981-1987.”
“He never got in to see my husband … This whole thing is a fabrication,” Sophia Casey said in 1987, according to The Washington Post.
Conway dismissed Woodward’s upcoming book and insisted that “so much of the book is not new” and is “a little tired.”
The White House counselor also reacted to an anonymous opinion piece from “a senior official in the Trump administration” published Wednesday in The New York Times, called “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.”
The author insisted, “I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”
Ingraham said Trump “should be judged by his policies and the results that he delivers for the American people — not by the embittered tales of a would-be whistleblower hiding behind the skirts of the Gray Lady.”
“Writing a poison pen op-ed that you don’t have to defend publicly is easy. Advancing an agenda that delivers 4.2 percent GDP and record low unemployment is hard. #AnonymousCoward,” Ingraham also tweeted Wednesday.
Writing a poison pen op-ed that you don't have to defend publicly is easy. Advancing an agenda that delivers 4.2 percent GDP and record low unemployment is hard. #AnonymousCoward
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 6, 2018
Conway agreed, saying, “Presidents aren’t judged by the noise or even the silence that’s occurring at any one moment or any one week by the usual critics and naysayers. They’re judged by the metrics.”
“This is a historic and unprecedented economic boom time, and the Democrats would take that away,” Conway added. “It’s still not clear that many who cover him every day and criticize him thusly understand how he got here and what he’s done since he got here and what it all means to people.”