Washington Post editor Bob Woodard’s explosive and salacious book was released yesterday and through a series of coordinated “leaks” if you want to call them that, Woodward’s book – aptly titled “Fear” has dominated headlines in the remaining two months heading towards the 2018 midterm elections.
Full of innuendo and explosive anecdotes about the supposed lengths to which members of the Trump administration have allegedly gone to in an effort to stop President Trump from acting on what they believed were dangerous impulses, it is interesting to note that Woodward’s Watergate colleague, Carl Bernstein, was recently publically called out after helping to author a widely debunked story alleging that Michael Cohen had evidence that President Trump gave the green light for the now-infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
Known for anonymous sources and publishing what many would view as simply propaganda rather than actually reporting the news, WaPo is not known to be a particular friend to the Trump administration. WaPo reported Woodard’s book contained details of “staffers reportedly went as far as grabbing papers off the president’s desk to stop him from acting rashly. Woodward’s book was reportedly drawn from meeting notes, personal diaries and government documents given to him by administration officials, as well as hundreds of hours of interviews with administration officials and “other principals.”
Naturally, President Trump famously took Bernstein to task via social media for his lies and storytelling, referring to him as a “degenerate fool” as well as speaking of Bernstein’s own many skeletons including an alleged gambling addiction and a widely publicized divorce from ex-wife Nora Ephron. One wonders what President Trump has in store for Woodward…
With the most explosive claims having a common theme, Woodard writes either Senior Trump administration officials are expressing their frustration about the president’s behavior or the book tells stories of President Trump insulting the various members of his cabinet and his administrative staff.
An excerpt reads – “Woodward illustrates how the dread in Trump’s orbit became all-encompassing over the course of Trump’s first year in office, leaving some staff members and Cabinet members confounded by the president’s lack of understanding about how government functions and his inability and unwillingness to learn.”
One of the most scathing quotes in the entire book is attributed to current Chief of Staff John Kelly. Woodard claims Kelly referred to President Trump as an “idiot” adding that he had gone “off the rails” and that “I don’t know why any of us are here.”
The excerpt reads fully – “White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly frequently lost his temper and told colleagues that he thought the president was “unhinged,” Woodward writes. In one small group meeting, Kelly said of Trump: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”
According to the Washington Examiner, Kelly vehemently denies any claims he said any such thing about President Trump, stating –
“Kelly said that Woodward’s characterization is patently false and that it is simply another “attempt to smear people close to” Trump.
“It is mostly anonymous sources in here, why should anyone trust you? General Mattis, General Kelly said it’s not true.” @SavannahGuthrie @TODAYshow Bob Woodward is a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the Midterms. He was caught cold, even by NBC.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2018
“The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true,” Kelly said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “As I stated back in May and still firmly stand behind: ‘I spend more time with the President than anyone else, and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship. He always knows where I stand, and he and I both know this story is total BS.'”
“I’m committed to the President, his agenda, and our country,” Kelly added. “This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration’s many successes.'”
Monday’s press briefing saw outrageous questions and wild speculation amongst the press pool that President Trump could potentially be removed from office under the auspice of the 25th amendment. In summary, the 25th amendment would allow for the vice president, in this case, Mike Pence, to become president in the event of death, resignation, removal from office or impairment that prevents the current president from fulfilling his or her duties.
Naturally, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders had quite a bit to say in response to that and promptly gave the media a piece of her mind over the rabid speculation after an alleged “reporter” asked her if the White House was at all concerned about how reports from “mainstream” media outlets claiming Trump’s “crazy talk” could spell trouble for his presidency.
The reporter stated – “There’s a lot of talk about that on many of the mainstream media outlets.”
Sanders issued back a fiery response, stating – “I think we would say that it’s about as ridiculous as most of Bob Woodward’s book. The fact that that’s actually being honestly discussed is ridiculous and, frankly, it’s insulting to the nearly 62 million people that came out and overwhelmingly supported this president, voted for him, supported his agenda, and are watching and cheering on as he successfully implements that agenda every single day.”
The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly. Their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public. Likewise other stories and quotes. Woodward is a Dem operative? Notice timing?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2018
Among other wild claims, the book also claims Kelly’s predecessor, Reince Priebus, was also on the receiving end scathing commentary from President Trump, who reportedly told former staff secretary Rob Porter to ignore Preibus’s orders. President Trump is then said to have described the then-chief-of-staff as “a little rat” who “just scurries around.”
The excerpt reads – “Reince Priebus, Kelly’s predecessor, fretted that he could do little to constrain Trump from sparking chaos. Woodward writes that Priebus dubbed the presidential bedroom, where Trump obsessively watched cable news and tweeted, “the devil’s workshop,” and said early mornings and Sunday evenings, when the president often set off tweetstorms, were “the witching hour.”
Trump apparently had little regard for Priebus. He once instructed then-staff secretary Rob Porter to ignore Priebus, even though Porter reported to the chief of staff, saying that Priebus was “‘like a little rat. He just scurries around.'”
Then there were comments made about Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told that he was past his prime. The excerpt reads – “Trump told Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a wealthy investor eight years his senior: “I don’t trust you. I don’t want you doing any more negotiations. … You’re past your prime.”
Regarding former National Security Advisor HR McMaster, Woodward’s book claims President Trump said he wore tacky suits that made him look like “a beer salesman.” The excerpt reads – “Few in Trump’s orbit were protected from the president’s insults. He often mocked former national security adviser H.R. McMaster behind his back, puffing up his chest and exaggerating his breathing as he impersonated the retired Army general, and once said McMaster dresses in cheap suits, “like a beer salesman.'”
One of the harshest and most demeaning criticisms was reserved for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom President Trump is accused of mocking as “mentally retarded” and a “traitor”. The excerpt reads – “A near-constant subject of withering presidential attacks was Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump told Porter that Sessions was a “traitor” for recusing himself from overseeing the Russia investigation, Woodward writes. Mocking Sessions’ accent, Trump added, “This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.'”
The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions “mentally retarded” and “a dumb southerner.” I said NEITHER, never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff, and being a southerner is a GREAT thing. He made this up to divide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
Secretary of Defense James Mattis has also refuted claims made in the book that mention him specifically. One of many things Woodward claims Mattis said is that he left a meeting with President Trump and told “close associates” that the president had the understanding of a “fifth- or sixth-grader.” The excerpt reads – “After Trump left a meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis on North Korea, Woodward recounts, “Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’”
Statement from Secretary of Defense, James Mattis: pic.twitter.com/OneaxKCneV
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2018
Mattis minced no words and said in response – “The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward’s book were never uttered by me or in my presence. While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility.”
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VIDEO: Rashida Tlaib: Dems Discussing Arresting Trump Officials
It’s crystal clear..that the left should never ever be allowed into our government. These are dangerous folks.
Maybe Rashida should be arrested for her connections to Islamic terrorists. The fact that this woman is in our government…is despicable!
Via The Daily Wire:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) stated on Tuesday that House Democrats were discussing behind closed doors how to arrest the members of President Donald Trump’s administration who did not comply with congressional subpoenas.
“Let me tell you, this is pretty — and this is the last caucus conversation we had. Do you know this is really unprecedented? This is the worst time we’ve ever had a situation like this,” Tlaib said during a town hall meeting. “So they’re trying to figure out — no joke — they’re trying to figure out, ‘Well, is it the D.C. police that goes and gets them?’ No, no.”
“What are we hoping? I mean, I’m not in those kinds of conversations, but I’m asking, like, you know, what happens? And they’re like, ‘Well, Rashida, we’re trying to figure it out ourselves because this is uncharted territory,’” she continued. “No, I’m telling you that they’re trying to be like, ‘Well, where are we going to put them? Where are we going to hold them?’ No, I mean those are the kinds of things they’re trying to tread carefully.”
— America Rising (@AmericaRising) October 4, 2019
Accordingly, in an escalating effort to force White House officials comply with congressional subpoenas, House Democrats have reportedly been reexamining holding those members of the administration in inherent contempt — a power that the legislature has not used since 1935.
The Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI) explains that inherent contempt is the oldest of three strategies that Congress can use to enforce subpoenas. According to the Washington, D.C.-based think tank:
“Since 1935, Congress has relied on the executive and judicial branches when people refuse to comply with congressional subpoenas. This practice makes sense: if Congress cannot get the information it needs on its own authority, then it can rely on the authority of the other branches of government. However, there is another option. Instead of turning to another branch, Congress can legally imprison or fine individuals who refuse to comply.”
Tlaib incorrectly suggested that the process could be enforced by the Washington, D.C. Police Department — the procedure actually only involves the chamber that is concerned. Following a contempt citation, the individual is arrested by the chamber’s sergeant-at-arms, and subsequently brought to the floor for punishment, which may include imprisonment.
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