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Bob Woodward’s New Book Reveals a ‘Nervous Breakdown’ of Trump’s Presidency
The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, September 4, 2018 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa

Posted on 09/04/2018 8:52:29 AM PDT by kristinn

John Dowd was convinced that President Trump would commit perjury if he talked to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. So, on Jan. 27, the president’s then-personal attorney staged a practice session to try to make his point.

In the White House residence, Dowd peppered Trump with questions about the Russia investigation, provoking stumbles, contradictions and lies until the president eventually lost his cool.

“This thing’s a goddamn hoax,” Trump erupted at the start of a 30-minute rant that finished with him saying, “I don’t really want to testify.”

The dramatic and previously untold scene is recounted in “Fear,” a forthcoming book by Bob Woodward that paints a harrowing portrait of the Trump presidency, based on in-depth interviews with administration officials and other principals.

Woodward writes that his book is drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand participants and witnesses that were conducted on “deep background,” meaning the information could be used but he would not reveal who provided it. His account is also drawn from meeting notes, personal diaries and government documents.

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The book also details Trump’s impatience with the war in Afghanistan, which had become America’s longest conflict. At a July 2017 National Security Council meeting, Trump dressed down his generals and other advisers for 25 minutes, complaining that the United States was losing, according to Woodward.

“The soldiers on the ground could run things much better than you,” Trump told them. “They could do a much better job. I don’t know what the hell we’re doing.” He went on to ask, “How many more deaths? How many more lost limbs? How much longer are we going to be there?”

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To: kristinn

“””””””’“This thing’s a goddamn hoax,” Trump erupted “”””

I like him more every day. He is an everyday guy.


21 posted on 09/04/2018 9:11:37 AM PDT by shelterguy
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To: DoughtyOne

He actually did write a couple of books during the Obama administration. One in 2010, the other in 2012.

They thought they were hit pieces as well.

You do not get more “in” in the “in-crowd” than Bob Woodward. His only access is through the DC Cocktail party circuit.

Even in the Obama days these were flashes in the pan and they went away.


22 posted on 09/04/2018 9:14:32 AM PDT by Vermont Lt
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To: kristinn

“The soldiers on the ground could run things much better than you,” Trump told them. “They could do a much better job. I don’t know what the hell we’re doing.” He went on to ask, “How many more deaths? How many more lost limbs? How much longer are we going to be there?”

These are damn good questions. 17 f’n years in Afghanistan, and for what? How much longer? A 25 year war? 50?


23 posted on 09/04/2018 9:19:11 AM PDT by Flick Lives
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To: kristinn

Will be in the $1.00 bargin rack very shortly. Perhaps next week.


24 posted on 09/04/2018 9:21:54 AM PDT by ncfool (America Reborn 1/20/2017. Lets make sure we don't screw up,the opportunity to MAGA.)
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To: kristinn

Will be in the $1.00 bargin rack very shortly. Perhaps next week.


25 posted on 09/04/2018 9:21:59 AM PDT by ncfool (America Reborn 1/20/2017. Lets make sure we don't screw up,the opportunity to MAGA.)
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To: kristinn

Will be in the $1.00 bargin rack very shortly. Perhaps next week.


26 posted on 09/04/2018 9:22:02 AM PDT by ncfool (America Reborn 1/20/2017. Lets make sure we don't screw up,the opportunity to MAGA.)
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To: nikos1121

He does a mock meeting with Mueller, and he’s convinced in just a few minutes, that he DOESN’T want to testify.

He knows Mueller, like Come, has already written the conclusion for the interview which hasn’t happened. In Hillary’s case, she was written up as innocent before the interview happened. In Trump’s case, he is guilty before the interview happens. The Interview itself is nearly theater to pretend to be conducting an actual investigation, when it is not.


27 posted on 09/04/2018 9:22:06 AM PDT by Flick Lives
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To: kristinn

This kind of crackup by Woodward makes you really question if there was ever anything true in the whole Nixon Watergate investigation. Was that simply a coordinated attack on the presidency that the GOPe didn’t see coming? In retrospect, it looks like the RINO’s bolted and sacrificed Nixon. Sadly, many of them and their decedents are still residing in the Washington Swamp. When conservatives set the agenda and deny a voice to the progressives, America will be on the road to recovery.


28 posted on 09/04/2018 9:24:57 AM PDT by Steamburg (Other people's money is the only language a politician respects; starve the bastards)
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To: Flick Lives

Trump is not attorney, but he’s a smart man. S0, when a smart attorney shows him what would happen if he testifies, it takes Trump only few seconds to be convinced.

So, he CHANGES HIS MIND...

This is what we want in our president. He can be convinced to change course.

Why didn’t Woodward do a book on Obama? Can you imagine the cabinet meetings that went on, and the complete joke the guy was. NO WONDER HE NEVER, AND I MEAN NEVER OPENED THEM TO THE PUBLIC....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


29 posted on 09/04/2018 9:25:25 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Trump w/ Cabinet to the press:"You're free to stay or to go, as I believe in a free press." lol)
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To: Leaning Right
Yes Woodward has never let a scarcity of facts get in the way of a good story.
30 posted on 09/04/2018 9:28:24 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard (Power is more often surrendered than seized.)
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To: kristinn

He may want to provoke a breakdown in our president but thus far at least its pure wishful projection If PDJT keeps up the ( slow but) steady progress, he will be re-elected in 2000 by a wide margin of Americans


31 posted on 09/04/2018 9:34:36 AM PDT by faithhopecharity ("Politicians aren't born, they're excreted." -Marcus Tillius Cicero (3 BCE))
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To: Rob the Ugly Dude
"Dowd gave Trump horrible legal advice."

It's much worse than that.

The account of him and Sukelow talking to Mueller and flunky and telling them On March 5, Dowd and Trump attorney Jay Sekulow met in Mueller’s office with the special counsel and his deputy, James Quarles, where Dowd and Sekulow reenacted Trump’s January practice session.

Dowd then explained to Mueller and Quarles why he was trying to keep the president from testifying: “I’m not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot. And you publish that transcript, because everything leaks in Washington, and the guys overseas are going to say, ‘I told you he was an idiot. I told you he was a goddamn dumbbell. What are we dealing with this idiot for?’ ”

“John, I understand,” Mueller replied, according to Woodward.

Even assuming this is an accurate account (which I doubt) for Dowd to first blab this stuff to a fanatical prosecutor trying to nail Trump, and then leak it to D-Bag Woodward is an absolute betrayal and violation of legal ethics !

32 posted on 09/04/2018 9:38:31 AM PDT by Reverend Wright (I am a Putin bot. And I approve this message.)
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To: kristinn

The only ones who are having nervous breakdowns are the lefties!


33 posted on 09/04/2018 9:45:11 AM PDT by LUV W (The bravery and dedication of our troops in keeping us safe & free make me proud to be an American!)
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To: kristinn

Woodward is one of the originators of just making sh*t up.

He claimed to have death bed confessions of William Casey when Casey’s wife was in the room with him the entire time. Casey was Reagan’s DCI. Died 1987.


34 posted on 09/04/2018 9:45:24 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: myerson

I don’t fault taking Nixon down as much as I fault letting Bill Clinton, his wife, and Obama get away with everything.

Woodward, the guy who declared what he did to Nixon, said that he did it all for the good of the nation.

Then he took a pass on Clinton and Obama.

He also said, that Clinton’s actions didn’t reach anywhere near the level of Nixon’s crimes.

I guess rape and all the other criminality ranked lower than Obstruction of Justice, or whatever thing Nixon was finally taken down for, at least to Woodward.

I’ve detested the smarmy jackass since my teens.


35 posted on 09/04/2018 9:48:42 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (01/26/18 DJIA 30 stocks $26,616.71 48.794% > open 11/07/16 215.71 from 50% increase 1.2183 yrs)
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To: DoughtyOne; Starboard

Thought you might like to see this.

I agree with your take in #20.


36 posted on 09/04/2018 9:50:10 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (01/26/18 DJIA 30 stocks $26,616.71 48.794% > open 11/07/16 215.71 from 50% increase 1.2183 yrs)
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To: kristinn

Trumps relation with government is like him telling a drunk to stop drinking. The initial reaction is anger, resistance and objection looking like a nervous breakdown.


37 posted on 09/04/2018 9:52:57 AM PDT by Fido969 (In!)
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To: Vermont Lt

Thank you for the mention. I appreciate the correction.

I guess it just bothers me the casual attitude he seemed to have regarding Clinton and Obama.

If you saw something different in these books, it’s good to know.

He sure didn’t do much in-depth investigation regarding criminal activity, at least not that I know of like he did with Nixon.


38 posted on 09/04/2018 9:54:08 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (01/26/18 DJIA 30 stocks $26,616.71 48.794% > open 11/07/16 215.71 from 50% increase 1.2183 yrs)
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To: mbarker12474

He’s a CIA butt-boy!


39 posted on 09/04/2018 10:03:38 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: kristinn

The commies are trying every trick up their sleeve to win the midterms and I pray the majority of the LEGAL voting public aren’t fooled by this BS.


40 posted on 09/04/2018 10:12:21 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Vox populi, vox dei)
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