Here comes some more angry tweeting. Just this week, longtime journalist Bob Woodward released his book Fear, chronicling life behind the scenes in the Trump administration. President Donald Trump’s team has tried to fight back fiercely against the book — and now they have another one to worry about.
Early next month, on October 2, just over a month before the midterm elections, reporter Greg Miller’s new book The Apprentice: Trump, Russia, and the Subversion of American Democracy will be released. Miller is hardly a nobody, having won the Pulitzer Prize not once but twice, and presenting via his new work a picture of exactly what the president doesn’t want you to see — his connections to Russia.
In the face of growing concern over Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, Trump has lashed out time and time again, dismissing the entire related investigation as a “witch hunt” despite the fact that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has secured guilty pleas from three — and maybe soon four — of Trump’s own associates, in addition to charges brought against others.
Those targeted include the president’s first National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump associate Rick Gates, and former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos — the latter of whom relayed just recently that he’d handed U.S. authorities info possibly useful in understanding Trump’s ties to Russia. In addition to those three individuals, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has already been declared guilty of fraud in one trial and he might plead guilty to related charges to avoid the spectacle of his impending second trial.
This all combines to paint a condemning picture of the president — one that Miller is ready to add to. The Amazon description for his forthcoming book asserts that it’s founded on info from “interviews with hundreds of people in Trump’s inner circle, current and former government officials, individuals with close ties to the White House, members of the law enforcement and the intelligence communities, foreign officials, and confidential documents.”
Among the criticisms the Trump team has lobbed at the aforementioned new book from Woodward is a claim that his reporting is false — and Miller seems prepared to take on any possible similar allegations.
He promises to share information relating to not just what’s widely publicly known and the obvious public focus of the Mueller investigation. He’ll be dishing secrets on Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner’s efforts to set up a secret line of communications with the Russians, for instance.
His book remains timely, too, promising info covering even the one-on-one meeting Trump had with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland just last month. During a press conference after that meeting, the president infamously asserted he found no reason to believe Russia had meddled in the 2016 U.S. elections at all — before eventually being pressured into walking that back.
That’s but one part of a long list of troubling behavior from the president which Miller intends to shine a light on.
The behavior — and the book too maybe — stand poised to drag the president’s party down ahead of the midterms, when Democrats hope to take control of one if not both houses of Congress.
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