Watergate-era icon Bob Woodward considering another book on Trump: report
Bob Woodward, now 76, is among the journalist/authors who can honestly say that he wrote one of the definitive books on Watergate as well as a definitive book on Donald Trump’s presidency. Written with his Washington Post colleague, Carl Bernstein, 1974’s “All the President’s Men” had so great an impact that Robert Redford ended up portraying Woodward in a 1976 film adaptation of the book (Dustin Hoffman played Bernstein). Many years later, in 2018, Woodward’s “Fear: Trump in the White House” captured the chaos and turbulence of Trump’s presidency—and according to Axios’ Mike Allen, another Trump-related book might be forthcoming.
Woodward told Allen that he has been considering the possibility of writing a second book on Trump before the 2020 presidential election. “I’m not sure,” the journalist/author told Allen. “Let’s see what the story is.”
“Fear: Trump in the White House” could have been titled “Chaos: Trump in the White House” instead because it paints a picture of Trump’s presidency as one of extreme chaos and disorganization. Speaking to Allen, Woodward said of Trump’s presidency, “It’s a governing crisis. He doesn’t know how to govern.”
“Fear” was written when Special Counsel Robert Mueller was still conducting his Russia probe but was months away from delivering his final report for the investigation. Some of Trump’s critics weren’t surprised that Mueller found that the 2016 Trump campaign’s interactions with Russians didn’t rise to the level of a criminal conspiracy because Trump, in their view, isn’t well-organized enough to conduct a conspiracy. And Woodward told Allen, “People who work with Trump say, ‘You can’t even organize your own government. How could you possibly organize a conspiracy with Russia?’.... He doesn’t even have a to-do list as best I can tell.”
Back in 1972, 1973 and 1974—the year of President Richard Nixon’s resignation—Woodward and Bernstein joined forces for some of the most important reporting on Watergate. Woodward, post-Mueller report, made a Nixon/Trump comparison and expressed strong doubts that Trump will be impeached—telling Allen that Nixon’s exit from the White House occurred “because of the tapes. You had a quality of evidence that does not exist in the Mueller report and the Trump case…. What shocked the country about Nixon wasn’t just the actions, but playing those tapes and hearing the language. Hate ruled the story, and people saw the hate.”
When Allen asked Woodward if he thought any new evidence might surface that could lead to impeachment for Trump, the “Fear” author observed, “So many people in our business expected there to be some secret, inner sanctum meeting or tape recording showing coordination with Russia. And you know, Mueller found none.”