As Trump WH Disputes Book's Claims, Woodward Says He Will Release the Tapes If Sources Agree

September 17, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

In a Friday morning interview with right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt, veteran journalist Bob Woodward said live on-air that if and when his sources agree, he will gladly produce the audio recordings he made in which they shared their impressions of President Donald Trump and relayed stories about the inner-workings of his administration.

“If you one of your sources, who you have taped, comes forward and publicly asks you to release those tapes, would you do so?” Hewitt asked. 

“Yes, I think I would,” responded Woodward. “This is meticulously done, trying to cross reference everything and so forth. I would expect somebody would not want to release their information because they’re confidential sources and, as you know, I protect my sources. I think it’s one of the building blocks of journalism and book writing.”

Woodward’s book, as the Huffington Post reports,

On Thursday, when asked during an appearance on “CBS This Morning” if he would release the tapes of interviews he recorded, Woodward said, “Well, if somebody really wants to challenge me, of course. Of course. But again, I’ve made agreements with people that these sources are going to remain confidential.”

But as Hewitt noted, in a separate tweet on Friday and referring to White House officials who have denied the accounts, “Seems to me anyone complaining about the book has a remedy: Ask Woodward publicly to release the tapes.”

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