New York Times correspondent, famed author, and so-called “Trump Whisperer” Maggie Haberman is getting one hell of a run for her money in the bombshell book department, as legendary investigative journalist, who rose to fame over his coverage of the infamous Nixon Watergate scandal, Bob Woodward prepares to drop an absolutely explosive new audiobook, titled The Trump Tapes, that features more than 8-hours of recorded interviews with scandal-ridden ex-President Donald Trump, hailing from interviews he conducted with Trump as far back as 2016 and as recently as 2020.
Ahead of the audiobook’s release, CNN was able to obtain advanced audio clips of some of the recordings that were to be included in The Trump Tapes and began to publicly release and report on some of that footage.
Among those released by CNN was one particular clip of an interview between Woodward and Trump that seems to serve as cold, hard proof that, when it comes to his mishandling of classified government materials, Donald Trump knew damn good and well all along that what he was doing was wrong.
Included in The Trumps Tape, set to officially release next week, is a recording of an interview from December 2019. At the time of the sitdown, the then-President apparently pulled out the now-infamous letters he received from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. Yes. Those same letters that Trump will forever be so very proud of for reasons we will never understand.
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However, in the course of showing these letters to Woodward, Donald Trump seemed to openly acknowledge the fact that he wasn’t supposed to be doing what he was doing at that moment.
“Nobody else has them, but I want you to treat them with respect,” Trump tells Woodward in the audio clip. The journalist acknowledged that he understood, yet Trump immediately followed up with the plea, “don’t say I gave them to you, okay?”
As if that remark alone wasn’t enough to prove Trump’s understanding of his actions, the Washington Post further expanded on the matter in their own report, citing a separate interview that took place a month later, in which Woodward reportedly requested to see the letters Trump had penned to the North Korean tyrant, only for the then-President to respond, “Oh, those are so top secret.”
We now know that the infamous Kim Jong-Un letters were among the many classified government documents and materials that were stolen from the White House upon the end of Trump’s term and recovered from his Mar-a-Lago resort/home in the FBI search and seizure warrant raid of his estate over the summer.
The Post reports:
In hindsight, the comments by Trump show he was well aware that the 27 letters exchanged between himself and Kim were classified, despite his repeated claims that none of the documents he improperly took from the White House when leaving office, including the Kim letters, were in that category. The FBI and Justice Department this year executed a court-authorized search of Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago Club and residence — turning up 103 documents marked classified and roughly 11,000 not marked classified as part of an ongoing criminal probe into Trump’s handling of sensitive material.”
Ex-President Donald Trump remains under intense investigation by the US Department of Justice for possible violations of numerous laws and regulations, including the Presidential Records Act and the Espionage Act, as a result of his flagrant mishandling of highly-classified, top-secret government documents.
See the clip of CNN’s reporting on the audio clip here:
Audio of Trump handing Woodward the Kim Jong Un letters:
Trump: Don’t say I gave them to you pic.twitter.com/uPwQJwAlZN
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