Brett Kavanaugh lied that he is not a source for Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, but the Washington Post canceled the story while the supreme court justice confirmation hearings were underway, according to the New York Times.
Media writer Ben Smith reported the story in a large article in the Post under the direction of executive director Marty Baron, released last Sunday.
Kavanaugh rose to the front row again on Monday as he and three other conservatives voted in favor of a harsh Louisiana abortion law that the court still shot down a tight 5-4 majority while Supreme Judge John Roberts sided. with the four liberal judges.
Kavanaugh was Donald Trump’s second nomination to the court, tilting her firmly to the right.
According to Smith, during Kavanaugh’s stormy confirmation hearings in late 2018, the Post was set up to publish a story in which Woodward published Kavanaugh as a source of material in one of his books on Ken Starr and his investigations into Bill Clinton. .
Kavanaugh worked for Starr, the independent consultant who investigated Clinton’s relationship with a collaborator, Monica Lewinsky. In a letter to the Post in 1999, Kavanaugh publicly denied that he was the source in question.
According to Smith, “two Post reporters who read” Woodward’s piece on the deal said it “would have been explosive,” asking questions about the integrity of Kavanaugh who dominated the confirmation hearings.
Kavanaugh was confirmed by a 50-48 Senate vote amid huge controversy over the accusations of multiple women of sexual assault when he was a student. He strenuously denied all these claims.
“The article was almost ready,” Smith wrote, citing three unnamed Post employees, “when the executive director intervened. Baron urged Woodward not to violate his agreement with Kavanaugh and to protect the anonymity of his old source. “
Smith added: “Baron and other editors have convinced Woodward that it would be bad for Swiss Post and ‘bad for Bob’ to reveal a source [and] the piece never worked. “
The baron did not comment, but Smith, quoting “people who work with him”, also reported that the editor’s opposition to the story “was not about favoring Kavanaugh or fear of fighting.”
“The publication of the article,” wrote Smith, “would simply violate the traditional principle that sources should be protected [and] it would turn into a new form of uncomfortable and potentially embarrassing journalism and, according to the baron, would endanger Swiss Post’s reputation “.
With Carl Bernstein, Woodward broke the story of the Watergate scandal, leading to the resignation of Richard Nixon in August 1974. The two journalists protected the identity of their main source, known as “Deep Throat”, and only revealed that it was was Mark Felt after the death of the FBI official in 2008.
Woodward will publish a second book on Donald Trump. The sequel to Fear, a 2018 bestseller, will include interviews with the president.