Watergate's Woodward says Times Trump op-ed not up to his standards

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

On Capitol Hill, a confirmation hearing in a staid Senate office building is repeatedly interrupted by protesters shouting at the nominee and the senators; 70 people are arrested.

"There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more", the author wrote. "And we have outside counsel that will advise me accordingly", he said.

In 2018 and 2020 the American people will get the chance to state clearly whose side they're on, Trump's or the subversive OP-ED writer, and I'll bet that the ideas and policies of Donald Trump win in both elections.

His closing take on the White House: "That people better wake up to what's going on", Woodward told David Martin of CBS.

Following Trump's comments, Michael M. Grynbaum, a journalist at The New York Times, tweeted a statement from the outlet saying they're "confident" the DOJ "understands that the First Amendment protects all American citizens and that it would not participate in such a blatant abuse of government power".

Several members of President Donald Trump's administration have denied writing an anonymous New York Times op-ed that criticizes Trump, as people speculate over who could be behind the article.

So far, Trump has publicly supported Mattis, telling reporters on Wednesday the defense secretary will stay in his current job and he believes the quotes attributed to Mattis in Woodward's book are fabricated. Cohn was reported to have told a colleague Trump did not notice it was gone. "The relationship has nowhere to go but down, fast", the official said. He said Trump is "wrong and my reporting is meticulous and careful".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also called on the "coward" who wrote the piece to "do the right thing and resign".

The anonymous writer of the op-ed said the resistance inside Trump's administration is not the same as the resistance from the political left.

Meanwhile, denials from key administration officials pour in.

"There's virtually no context in which this kind of op-ed comes within a mile of federal criminal law", said Stephen Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas. What's certain is that as long as Trump is president, chaos will be part of the picture.

Woodward on Sunday brushed off Trump's attacks.

Such a declaration from the "U.S. commander in chief on Twitter was nearly unthinkable" and Pentagon leadership anxious that such a tweet would provoke North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Woodward wrote. Rand Paul (R-KY), who suggests the President force administration officials to take lie detector tests.

Beyond the anecdotes about his aides, Mr. Trump has pushed back on quotes attributed to him.

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