Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Sanders Confirms DOJ Looking Into NYT Op-Ed

Sanders Confirms DOJ Looking Into NYT Op-Ed

"Does the president not think that that op-ed is protected by the First Amendment?"

"It's frankly, I think, sad and pathetic that a gutless, anonymous source could receive so much attention from the media and I think that the American people would be much better served if we actually spent some time talking about some of the really important things that are facing our country and the things that this administration is the doing to help fix them", she said.

Sanders denied the White House is conducting its own investigation to uncover the source behind the article. Since excerpts were released last week, Trump has accused Woodward of making up quotes attributed to him and others.

Since last week when several extracts were revealed of the book titled "Fear: Trump in the White House" which goes on sale this Tuesday, the President has repeatedly blasted the journalist whose work he describes as a "scam", Efe news agency reported.

Trump talked about raising taxes on the rich repeatedly during his campaign for the presidency, and former Trump adviser Steven Bannon reportedly advocated for a top rate of 44 percent on people who earn more than $5 million a year as he pushed for a more populist version of the tax legislation. Sanders said the issue is that someone may be "actively trying to undermine" Trump.

Pressed on the matter later in the White House briefing, Sanders said that she couldn't identify the law or laws that were allegedly broken, saying she wasn't an attorney.

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The 75-year-old Woodward said that at a National Security Council meeting a year into Trump's presidency, when he was complaining about the cost of posting thousands of US troops in foreign countries, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis had to explain the rationale to him.

Throughout the interview, after accusing Trump of waging a "war on the truth", Woodward brought up anecdote after anecdote (all of them second-hand from anonymous sources) to paint a picture of an out-of-touch, almost insane commander-in-chief who is "detached from reality". One of the most unsafe incidents involved Trump's obsession with the 28,000 troops the US has stationed in South Korea, and the $3.5 billion a year the USA pays to keep them there, Woodward explained, quoting Trump as saying: "I don't know why they're there".

Pressed on whether Trump can win a credibility battle with the Pulitzer victor who helped expose President Richard Nixon's Watergate-era transgressions, Sanders pointed to "actual, on record" accounts from White House staffers, again pointing to Mattis and Kelly, "not disgruntled former employees".

"They are not telling the truth". He said "these are political statements to protect their jobs". "If that person had come to me while I was working on this book or if it were someone I interviewed I would say, 'I need specifics.' The building blocks of journalism, of truth, are specific incidents".

Woodward's book is based on "deep background" interviews, which he defines in his book as interviews where "all the information could be used but I would not say who provided it".

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