Pulitzer prize winning journalist and Watergate icon Bob Woodward was ready to expose Brett Kavanaugh as an anonymous source for a book he penned decades ago during the controversial Justice’s Supreme Court confirmation.
He was later talked out of it, reported The New York Times.
Woodward wanted to oust the fact that in 1999, when he authored the book “Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate,” Kavanaugh was a team attorney for independent counsel Ken Starr’s team as it investigated President Clinton.
If Woodward had announced this, it would have contradicted what Kavanaugh himself had said to the Post in 1999.
Per the NY Times:
Mr. Woodward was planning to expose Mr. Kavanaugh because the judge had publicly denied — in a huffy letter in 1999 to The Post — an account about Kenneth Starr’s investigation of President Bill Clinton that he had himself, confidentially, provided to Mr. Woodward for his book. (Mr. Kavanaugh served as a lawyer on Mr. Starr’s team.)
According to the Times, Woodward was ready to unmask Kavanaugh in October of 2018 but said that the Washington Post’s executive editor Martin Baron talked him out of it to avoid bad press for himself and for the newspaper.
Woodward never published the revelation.
Kavanaugh, infamously, went on to be accused of sexual misconduct by several women from high school and college in the 1980s and then confirmed by the Senate in a heated 50-48 vote.
Woodward is scheduled to release another book on September 15. This one will focus on the Trump administration, include interviews with the president, and will come out just seven weeks prior to the 2020 election, says publisher Simon & Schuster.
Woodward previously published a book in 2018 on the Trump White house called “Fear: Trump in the White House,” for which Trump declined to be interviewed.
Woodward became known for his investigative reporting during Watergate and for protecting his primary source, known as “Deep Throat” for decades.
Years later, in 2005, former FBI Deputy Director William Mark Felt finally confirmed he was Woodward’s source.