Veteran journalist Bob Woodward, known for his role in breaking the Watergate story in the 1970s, condemned on Sunday the unverified intelligence dossier on President-elect Donald Trump that BuzzFeed controversially published last week.
Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Woodward labeled the dossier a "garbage document" that should have never been released or presented as part of an intelligence briefing.
When asked by "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace what his thoughts were on the dossier, Woodward said:
I think what is under reported here is Trump’s point of view on it. You laid it out when those former CIA people said these things about Trump, that he was a recruited agent of the Russians, and a useful fool, they started this in Trump’s mind. He knows the old adage, once a CIA man, always a CIA man. No one came out and said those people shouldn’t be saying those things. So then act two is the briefing when this dossier is put out.
“I’ve lived in this world for 45 years where you get things and people make allegations — that is a garbage document. It never should have been presented as part of an intelligence briefing. As you suggested, other channels have the White House counsel give it to Trump’s incoming White House counsel. So Trump’s right to be upset about that. I think if you look at the real chronology and the nature of the battle here, those intelligence chiefs who were the best we've had, who are terrific and have done great work, made a mistake here. And when people mistakes, they should apologize.
Trump was quick to thank Woodward for the positive comments.
Taking to Twitter Sunday afternoon, Trump wrote: "Thank you to Bob Woodward who said, "That is a garbage document...it never should have been presented...Trump's right to be upset (angry) about that...Those Intelligence chiefs made a mistake here, & when people make mistakes, they should APOLOGIZE." Media should also apologize."
Thank you to Bob Woodward who said, "That is a garbage document...it never should have been presented...Trump's right to be upset (angry)...— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1484510678.0
about that...Those Intelligence chiefs made a mistake here, & when people make mistakes, they should APOLOGIZE." Media should also apologize— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1484511180.0
BuzzFeed was the only media organization to publish the 35-page dossier in its entirety. CNN's Jake Tapper, however, was first to report on its existence, though made it clear that the dossier was completely unverified and very questionable.