The Watergate sleuth, who is releasing eight hours of recorded interviews with Trump and people in his orbit, says in the epilogue that his prior assessments of Trump and his presidency were too tame, according to a preview.
“Trump is an unparalleled danger. The record now shows that Trump has led, and continues to lead, a seditious conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election, which in effect is an effort to destroy democracy,” Woodward concludes.
Among the conversations disclosed in the audiobook, set for an Oct. 25 release, were those that shed light on Trump’s views on sensitive documents — now the central focus of a federal investigation. In one exchange in December 2019, Trump shared with Woodward letters North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wrote to him and an acknowledgment that he should not be showing them around. “Don’t say I gave them to you, OK?” Trump said. A month later, Trump said over the phone, “Oh, those are so top secret,” when Woodward pushed to see letters Trump wrote to Kim.
Woodward helped expose the Watergate scandal in the Nixon administration nearly 50 years ago with his reporting for the Washington Post with Carl Bernstein, and over the years, Woodward has written a flurry of books about presidents, most recently a trio about Trump.
Several months ago, Woodward and Bernstein got together again and were published by the Washington Post ahead of when the House committee investigating the Capitol riot held the first in a series of summer hearings. They argued then, with a focus on Jan. 6, that Trump had surpassed Richard Nixon as the poster child of corruption, calling Trump the first “seditious” president.
Trump has heavily hinted that he is considering a third run for president in 2024 but has yet to make a formal announcement.