Published On: Fri, Sep 14th, 2018

Woodward says he would release tapes of conversations in ‘Fear’ if his sources asked him to

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Bob Woodward says he’d release the tapes of the conversations on which he based his book ‘Fear’ if sources who participated in interviews asked him to.  

‘Yes, I think that, yes. I think I would,’ he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. ‘But I, you know, this is meticulously done, trying to cross reference everything and so forth, so I would expect somebody would not want to release their information because they’re confidential sources.’

Hewitt proposed the scenario to Woodward in an interview on Friday morning following the Washington Post reporter’s claim earlier in the week that an official offered supporting information over the phone before trashing the tome in public.

Woodward had said on a podcast a ‘key’ person in the Trump administration called him to privately confirm that the details in his book are ‘1,000 percent true’ yet made comments in public that called the Watergate journalist’s reporting into question.

Bob Woodward says he'd release the tapes of the conversations on which he based his book 'Fear' if sources who participated in the book asked him to

Bob Woodward says he'd release the tapes of the conversations on which he based his book 'Fear' if sources who participated in the book asked him to

Bob Woodward says he’d release the tapes of the conversations on which he based his book ‘Fear’ if sources who participated in the book asked him to

He has not revealed the identity of that person or any of his other sources.

Woodward told CBS on Thursday that he would ‘of course’ release them if he felt truly challenged. 

‘But I — again, I’ve made agreements with people that these sources are going to remain confidential,’ he said.

Woodward told ‘CBS This Morning’ that he has ‘hundreds of hours of tapes with people who were there’ when the incidents he recalls took place.

‘If you’ve looked at the book, they’re very specific incidents. And it is a kind of — it opens the window,’ he said.

Talking to Hewitt on Friday, Woodward said he would not reveal his sources unless he was asked to by someone he interviewed, and that hasn’t happened.

‘As you know, I protect my sources,’ he stated. ‘I think that’s the, one of the building blocks of good journalism and book writing.’

Hewitt surmised that the president’s allies did not read the book before they started assailing it, because ‘they would have spun it complimentary’ if they had.

For instance, he asked Woodward about claims of collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign.

Woodward told Hewitt he ‘did not’ see any evidence of the alleged espionage while compiling the book that hit bookshelves on Tuesday. 

The non-fiction book chronicling President Trump’s dysfunctional White House has caused an uproar in Trump world and tightened the circle of aides who have the president’s trust.

Woodward indicated in an interview for The New York Times podcast ‘The Daily’ this week that there are still foxes in the hen house that Trump still does not know about.

‘After the information in “Fear” started breaking last week, one key person who’s in office called and said, ‘Everyone knows what you said here is true. It’s 1,000 percent correct,’ Woodward stated. ‘And then this person has said some public things that contradict that.’

Bob Woodward said a 'key' person in Trump's administration called him to privately confirm the details in his book 'Fear' are '1,000 percent true'

Bob Woodward said a 'key' person in Trump's administration called him to privately confirm the details in his book 'Fear' are '1,000 percent true'

Bob Woodward said a ‘key’ person in Trump’s administration called him to privately confirm the details in his book ‘Fear’ are ‘1,000 percent true’

The newly released book "Fear" by Bob Woodward is displayed at a Barnes and Noble bookstore

The newly released book "Fear" by Bob Woodward is displayed at a Barnes and Noble bookstore

The newly released book ‘Fear’ by Bob Woodward is displayed at a Barnes and Noble bookstore

President Donald Trump has called Woodward a 'liar'

President Donald Trump has called Woodward a 'liar'

President Donald Trump has called Woodward a ‘liar’

He declined to name a name but said he wasn’t happy about the situation. 

‘And I’m not happy but I have a smile on face because the truth in all of this is going to emerge,’ Woodward said. ‘There’s too much evidence, too many witnesses.’

Trump and many of his senior aides have publicly condemned the book, which paints a picture of a chaotic White House where staff will go as far as to steal a letter off the president’s Oval Office desk to keep him from implementing a harmful policy.

Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Counselor Kellyanne Conway, former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, and former top economic adviser Gary Cohn have all criticized the book.

‘Fear’ has become the fastest-selling adult book since the release of Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set A Watchman’ in July of 2015, Barnes & Noble revealed on Wednesday.

Vice President Pence

Vice President Pence

Gary Cohn

Gary Cohn

Vice President Mike Pence and former economic adviser Gary Cohn have denounced the book

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter have also denounced 'Fear'

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter have also denounced 'Fear'

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter have also denounced ‘Fear’

Sarah Sanders

Sarah Sanders

Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway

Sarah Sanders and Kellyanne Conway have criticized the book 

It had sold 750,000 copies as of Tuesday, the day it became available, according to publishers Simon & Schuster. That figure included pre-orders and audio books.

Simon & Schuster had initially printed 1 million copies of the book. 

Woodward told NBC’s ‘Today Show’ on Monday that senior White House aides who have publicly decried his book are misleading the public.

‘They are not telling the truth,’ he said. ‘These are political statements to protect their jobs.’

He said the behavior is ‘totally understandable’ while defending his reporting.

Trump has called Woodward a ‘liar’ and threatened to write his own tell-all book.

‘The Woodward book is a scam. I don’t talk the way I am quoted. If I did I would not have been elected President. These quotes were made up. The author uses every trick in the book to demean and belittle. I wish the people could see the real facts – and our country is doing GREAT!’ he tweeted.

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