Bob Woodward says he would release the tapes of the conversations on which he based his book "Fear" if the sources who participated in the interviews asked for it.
Yes, I think so. I think I would, "said conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt." But I, you know, this is meticulously done, trying to cross reference everything and everything, so I would expect someone not to reveal their information because they are confidential sources. "
Hewitt proposed the scenario to Woodward in an interview on Friday morning, after the Washington Post reporter said earlier in the week that an official offered support information by phone before throwing the book in public.
Woodward had said in a podcast that a "key" person in the Trump administration called him to privately confirm that the details in his book are "1,000 percent real" and that he made public comments that questioned the Watergate reporter's reports .
Bob Woodward says he would release the tapes of the conversations on which he based his book "Fear" if the sources that participated in the book asked him to
He has not revealed the identity of that person or any of his other sources.
Woodward told CBS on Thursday that he "of course" & # 39; He would free them if he felt really challenged.
"But I, once again, made agreements with the people so that these sources remain confidential," he said.
Woodward told CBS This Morning & # 39; who has hundreds of hours of tapes with people who were there & # 39; when the incidents he remembers happened.
& # 39; If you have looked at the book, they are very specific incidents. And it's kind of … open the window, "he said.
Speaking with Hewitt on Friday, Woodward said he would not reveal his sources unless asked by someone he interviewed, and that has not happened.
"As you know, I protect my sources," he said. "I think that's the one, one of the pillars of good journalism and book writing."
Hewitt surmised that the president's allies did not read the book before they started attacking him, because they would have given it for free & # 39; if they had done it.
For example, he asked Woodward about the accusations of collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign.
Woodward told Hewitt he "did not see" any evidence of the alleged espionage while compiling the book that arrived on the shelves on Tuesday.
The non-fiction book that narrates President Trump's dysfunctional White House has caused an uproar in Trump's world and has hardened the circle of advisors who have the confidence of the president.
Woodward indicated in an interview for the podcast The New York Times & # 39; The Daily & # 39; This week there are still foxes in the henhouse that Trump still does not know.
"After the information in" Fear "began to fail last week, a key person in the office called and said:" Everyone knows that what he said here is true, it's 1,000 percent correct "Woodward said. "And then this person has said some public things that contradict that."
Bob Woodward said that a person & # 39; key & # 39; in the Trump administration he called him to confirm in private that the details in his book "Fear & # 39; They are "1,000 percent real."
The new book & # 39; Fear & # 39; by Bob Woodward is exhibited at a Barnes and Noble bookstore
President Donald Trump has called Woodward & # 39; liar & # 39;
He refused to name a name, but said he was not happy with the situation.
"And I'm not happy, but I have a smile on my face because the truth in all of this is going to come up," Woodward said. There's too much evidence, too many witnesses.
Trump and many of his senior advisers have publicly condemned the book, which presents an image of a chaotic White House in which staff will steal a letter from the President's Oval Office desk to prevent him from implementing a damaging policy.
Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Counselor Kellyanne Conway, former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter and former economic adviser Gary Cohn criticized the book.
& # 39; Fear & # 39; has become the best-selling adult book since the release of & # 39; Go Set A Watchman & # 39; by Harper Lee in July 2015, revealed Barnes & Noble on Wednesday.
Vice President Mike Pence and former economic adviser Gary Cohn have denounced the book
White House chief of staff John Kelly and former White House staff secretary Rob Porter have also denounced "fear."
Sarah Sanders and Kellyanne Conway have criticized the book
He had sold 750,000 copies since Tuesday, the day he was available, according to Simon & Schuster publishers. That figure includes pre-orders and audiobooks.
Simon & Schuster had initially printed 1 million copies of the book.
Woodward told NBC's "Today Show" on Monday that senior White House aides who have publicly denounced his book are cheating the public.
"They do not tell the truth," he said. & # 39; These are political statements to protect your jobs & # 39;.
He said the behavior is "totally understandable" while defending his reports.
Trump has called Woodward a "liar" and has threatened to write his own revealing book.
& # 39; Woodward's book is a scam. I'm not talking about the way I'm quoted. If he did, he would not have been elected president. These appointments were invented. The author uses each trick in the book to demean and belittle. I would like people to see the real facts, and our country is doing very well! he tweeted.