Rob Porter, Gary Cohn push back on Woodward book


The White House said today that they're not making a determination of what crime may have been committed when asking the Justice Department to investigate who wrote the mysterious op-ed criticizing the Trump administration from within.

Porter, who graduated from Brigham Young University and Harvard and was a Rhodes Scholar, plays a key role in the book - he's mentioned more than 200 times - mainly for his work to deflect some of Trump's half-baked plans and coax him toward better policies. Both paint a picture of a White House in chaos, with staffers actively thwarting the President's agenda. His basic charge is that Trump is unfit to be president and is destroying America, democracy and any claims by the U.S. to be a leader in global affairs.

"I'm not thrilled", he told CNBC's Joe Kernen in a July interview.

Kelly last week also denied quotes attributed to him in the book in which he allegedly said that Trump was "unhinged" and "an idiot" whose administration had turned into "Crazytown".

On the eve of its release, the president took to Twitter with a preemptive round of attacks, denouncing as fiction Woodward's reconstruction of scenes in which frustrated aides scramble to contain the mercurial president's reckless impulses. Mattis was not "focused on anything other" than continuing to serve with the men and women of the military, Manning said.

"Forget about Reince", Trump reportedly said. "But someone actively trying to undermine the duly elected president and the entire executive branch of government, that seems quite problematic to me and something they should take a look at", she said.

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It was also at this National Security Council meeting that Trump suggested cutting off all security-related aid for Pakistan - almost six months before he actually suspended funding on January 1 - saying Islamabad wasn't helping Washington in the Afghan war.

President Donald Trump exploded at his former lawyer, John Dowd, after reading news reports that said special counsel Robert Mueller had subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank. "They are not telling the truth".

Infuriated by the unsigned missive, Mr Trump on Friday urged Mr Sessions to launch an investigation to uncover the author's identity, citing "national security" concerns.

For example, Porter's statement about the book calls it "selective" and "often misleading". He's gone off the rails.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Woodward staunchly defended the integrity of his reporting and said the book, which comes out this week, "is as carefully done as you can do an excavation of the reality of what goes on". "I don't even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I've ever had".

Last July, The Times reported that United States banking regulators were reviewing the hundreds of millions of dollars in loans Deutsche Bank made to Trump over the past two decades.