Watergate reporter Bob Woodward is not taking seriously the “constitutional crisis” alarm being sounded by House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler.
Speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Woodward dismissed the Democrat’s exaggerated claim made after the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt.
“We’ve talked for a long time about approaching a constitutional crisis. We are now in it,” Nadler said Wednesday after the vote against Barr who refused to comply with a subpoena for an unredacted report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
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But Woodward thought the situation did not warrant being called a “crisis.”
“I think it’s a constitutional confrontation. I don’t think it’s yet a crisis,” he said on “Anderson Cooper 360” Wednesday. “And this is going to go into the courts and this could take months or a year or more.”
“What I think is interesting, perhaps, to look at is what’s the impact on a factory worker or a farmer in the Midwest, as they look at all of this? It’s process, it’s legalistic,” the Washington Post associate editor added.
Woodward countered that he believed a more important story unfolding was The New York Times report on President Trump’s taxes because it “resonates” with regular people more than the partisan disputes between House Democrats and the administration.
“Here we have Trump not paying taxes for years and losing $1 billion, this man, who presented himself as so successful. And then Trump’s response is, well, I was in the real estate business, so avoiding taxes is sport,” Woodward said.
The New York Times revealed nearly a decade’s worth of Trump tax information in its report, which also noted that the real estate mogul’s businesses had lost $1.17 billion during the years between 1985 and 1994.
“And somebody’s going to look at that who’s been paying thousands of dollars in taxes, who’s this worker, the traditional base for Trump and I think they’re going to be uncomfortable. I think they’re going to say, hey, wait a minute, what’s going on here?” Woodward continued.
He went on to claim that the country is in the midst of a “governing crisis” as he criticized Trump’s “unsteady hands” juggling multiple global issues.
“All these balls in the air,” he said. “And they are being juggled by perhaps the most unsteady hands we’ve had in the American presidency, ever.”
“This is a dire situation,” he added.
Democrats continue to create the situations that they end up calling emergencies, but the political theater of sounding the alarm of a “constitutional crisis” may soon turn on them like the boy who cried wolf.
There was a Constitutional crisis when the Southern states seceded from the Union in 1861. Bill Barr temporarily withholding documents subpoenaed by Jerrold Nadler is not a Constitutional Crisis and anyone who uses that phrase is a hyperbolic idiot
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) May 9, 2019
People always declare that a “Civil War” is imminent when some political development occurs that they don’t like, but Dems are now literally using the phraseology that best describes the precursor to the Civil War. That war arose due to a genuine Constitutional Crisis
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) May 9, 2019
Twitter users weighed in on the “crisis” and Nadler’s dramatic performance.
The only crisis we have is a bunch of democrats unwilling to accept they lost in 2016. Guess it’ll continue through Jan 2025.
— Ghostofthegridiron (@MCA_BUCS) May 9, 2019
We know that Nadler is a drama queen. The rhetoric coming from the house is absurd and fear mongering. I think the American people can see through the charade. It becomes a crisis only when Republicans do this? AG Holder did the same thing. What hypocrisy from the Dems and Left.
— Republicano Latino (@ozyusmc1964) May 9, 2019
Nadler is a liar. The entire report cannot be released to them and it has been made available to them to view in private. This group of Democrats in charge of the House in a Constitutional Crisis
— Gabriel Sifers (@GabrielSifers) May 9, 2019
At what point does the U.S. Attorney General resisting Congressional oversight on allegations of personal misconduct by the President of the United States rise to the level of “constitutional crisis”?
— Carl Nyberg (@CarlNyberg312) May 9, 2019