The Watergate investigative reporter who broke the Nixon scandal calls “Trump Dossier” just dropped a total bombshell on the U.S. intelligence community.
It’s not everyday that we’re treated to some honest, down-to-Earth commentary in the media, but on Fox News Sunday, Bob Woodward, of the Woodward & Bernstein team who uncovered the Watergate scandal and sent Democrats into a shark-like feeding frenzy for Nixon’s head, decided to speak frankly regarding this Trump “Dossier”.
It really was a mess. What turned out to be a colossal hoax has now exploded and President-elect Trump isn’t happy. He’s even accused the CIA of being incompetent (or underhanded) enough to leak the fake news in the first place. So yeah, there are a few internal issues.
But Woodward is having none of it. He flat-out puts the intelligence people in their place and we LOVE it.
“’I’ve lived in this world for 45 years where you get things and people make allegations, that is a garbage document,’ he continued. ‘It never should have been presented as part of an intelligence briefing. As you suggested, other channels have the White House counsel give it to Trump’s incoming White House counsel. So Trump’s right to be upset about that. I think if you look at the real chronology and the nature of the battle here, those intelligence chiefs who were the best we had, who are terrific and have done great work. I think they made a mistake here. And when people mistakes, they should apologize.”
Before we go on, it’s pertinent that we focus for a moment on this “dossier” business.
The word itself is misleading not because the Trump documents may not have been a “dossier” (because they were) but because the word has been used in more spy and mystery novelettes than the word “grimace” was used in the “Twilight” series. It gives the impression that this “garbage” information is somehow more important than it actually is. It is the equivalent of using the word “art” when referring to the recently controversial piece of trash that was hanging at the Capitol which depicted cops as pigs.
Woodward was right in pointing out that Trump had good reason to be upset, considering the lousy treatment he had received throughout the campaign by the Intel community, some actually regarding him as a recruited candidate for the Russians.
“Woodward said, ‘I think what is under reported here is Trump’s point of view on it. You laid it out when those former CIA people said these things about Trump, that he was a recruited agent of the Russians, and a useful fool, they started this in Trump’s mind, He knows the old adage, once a CIA man, always a CIA man. No one came out and said those people shouldn’t be saying those things, So act two is the briefing when this dossier is put out.’”
Here, Woodward is pointing to the fact that neither the White House, nor the State Department, put a halt to these salacious claims. For anyone else, these documents would have been the end of the President-elect before he/she even had a chance to serve a single day in office.
As it is, we’re talking about the Trumpster, who appears to be able to navigate the pitfalls of the Establishment, the corrupt media, the frothing-at-the-mouth Liberal “Victim Squad” and a very bitter, angry, and outlandishly intimidated and frightened President Obama, all while tweeting from his IPhone.
Perhaps we should start referring to the 45th President of the United States as Teflon Don?