Trump claims Woodward book released to distract from Kavanaugh hearings

Trump claims Woodward book released to distract from Kavanaugh hearings

President Donald Trump meets with Kuwait Amir Jaber Al-Ahmad in the Oval Office on Wednesday. (Pool photo: Steven Herman/VOA)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that veteran journalist Bob Woodward’s upcoming book was intended to distract from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.

“It was put out to interfere, in my opinion, with the Kavanaugh hearings,” Trump told reporters during an Oval Office appearance with Kuwait Amir Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah

The president did not elaborate on his belief.

The Sept. 11 release date for Woodward’s book, titled Fear: Trump in the White House, was announced on July 30.

The Senate Judiciary Committee announced Kavanaugh’s hearing dates on Aug. 10.

The White House has been pushing back heavily against the upcoming book, which paints an explosive portrait of Trump’s inner circle.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed it on Tuesday as “nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad.”

Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis have also challenged certain quotes attributed to them.

Trump himself has lit up Twitter with 11 posts on the matter since Tuesday.

Kavanaugh’s hearings began on Tuesday and are expected to last a total of four days.

Trump said the nominee “has really conducted himself in an incredibly positive manner.”

“Great intellect, great talent, a great judge and I would suspect he will be approved very quickly after we’re finished with the hearing,” Trump said.

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