Bob Woodward visited “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Monday to talk about his Trump tell-all book, which comes out Wednesday but has already rocked politics and media, thanks to bombshell details that have leaked.
Some of the more startling tales in “Fear: Trump in the White House” involve the things Woodward says administration officials have tried and failed to do to protect Trump from himself. And in a preview of the lengthier conversation posted to Twitter, Colbert and Woodward talked about one such example — the profane insult attributed to Trump’s ex-lawyer, John Dowd, that marks the book’s final sentence.
The line: “Dowd knew he could not bring himself to say to the president, ‘You’re a f—–g liar.'”
According to Woodward, Dowd, who resigned as Trump’s lawyer in March, came to that salty conclusion after a January practice interview to prepare Trump for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller.
Earlier in the same segment, Colbert asked Woodward: “How will we know what’s going on, because the hallmark of this book is from day-to-day, [Trump] may not remember what his idea was yesterday?”
“That’s true. And that’s part of the problem,” Woodward replied.
As for that quote above: “And that’s how you end the book? I think you buried the lede,” Colbert joked. Watch the whole thing below:
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) September 11, 2018