Washington Post legend Bob Woodward made major waves once again Sunday evening. The Watergate wiz appeared on CNN as he revealed a new set of tapes featuring Pres. Donald Trump.
In which Trump talks to Woodward about the U.S. Supreme Court, among other things. This part of a series Woodward collected to write his explosive new book on the president, “Rage”. That published on September 15th.
During the appearance last night, he disclosed a number of new interview segments that featured Trump talking on the record. Among which, Pres. Trump opened up offering some views on the country’s highest court.
To begin with, Trump highlights his close working relationship with fellow party member and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). More specifically, how McConnell is reportedly most concerned with confirming an endless number of conservative judges to the federal judiciary.
As he stated on an audio clip from Woodward: “You know what Mitch’s biggest thing is in the whole world? His judges. If I have 10 ambassadors — and a judge can take long to get approved, you know? Which I guess is probably right. Should be, right? He will absolutely ask me, please let’s get the judge approved instead of 10 ambassadors.”
McConnell has earned some what of a reputation on Capitol Hill for his antics. The Washington Post even got into the act as they poked fun at him in a piece from April. That one titled, ‘Sitting on a throne of skulls, Mitch McConnell confirms his 8,999th judge’.
In addition, Trump touted his success with appointing federal judges. He claimed the amount he could appoint to the judiciary could exceed 280. And called them “golden nuggets.”
Beyond that, Trump and Woodward also touched on Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Woodward discussing Chief Justice John Roberts with the president, said he thought Roberts was trying to maintain a balance to uphold the entity of the Supreme Court as above politics.
The journalist told, “You really want to get people in there who are good lawyers and can think. If you politicize the courts, particularly the Supreme Court, that’s a bad thing for America.” As the president shot back, “Right. Well, is Roberts doing it?” And Woodward announced, “Well I think he’s been very careful.”
Plus Woodward would counter some claims from Trump about his great judge-picking prowess.
Trump was reported to say: “I just signed my 187th federal judge. It’s a record, 187 judges in less than three years, Bob. And two Supreme Court Judges. Never been done before. The only one that has a better percentage is George Washington, because he appointed 100%. But my percentage is, you know, like ridiculous.”
Then Woodward took Trump to task. He went on to reject such an assertion by telling:
“Among recent presidents, Clinton, Carter and Nixon had each filled a greater percentage of federal judgeships by late January of the fourth year of their first term. He was also not alone in appointing two Supreme Court justices in his first term — Presidents Obama, Clinton and George H. W. Bush had also done so.”
Pres. Trump not afraid to stretch the truth in various instances. Some times it is expressed off the cuff, while others may be viewed as a calculated even deliberate attempt to mislead.
But considering that Woodward usually brings his receipts, Trump basically put himself in a position to be checked. He spent numerous hours in conversation with Woodward ahead of the book’s release.
Many still wonder exactly why he felt a need to participate. In light of his last work ‘Fear: Trump in the White House’ A some what intrusive and unflattering view of Trump’s early time in office.
The president was allegedly convinced to cooperate by GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Graham like a puff adder snake of sorts, never missing an opportunity to puff himself and look bigger up when given the opportunity.
Later when pressed about his former Supreme Court nominee now Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, he passed on throwing him any shade. Maybe sensing that he will need to keep peace with a contentious election on the horizon.
While some Republicans in the Senate have voiced their discontent with Justice Roberts as of late. Roberts a key swing vote recently in times of division along ideological lines.
Presently securing that confirmation a huge incentive going into Election Day. Like having a Trump card at the final table of this 9 card poker game destined for SCOTUS.