Journalist Bob Woodward told New York Magazine that he believes he would be killed if he traveled to Moscow to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
"If somebody who is really going to get to the bottom of the root Russian collusion issue, the answer is in Moscow. If I were to go there, I don’t think I would ever come back," Woodward said in the interview, which was published Saturday.
“You think you would be killed?” the interviewer asked, to which Woodward responded: “Yeah. It would be preposterous, given the nature of their regime and how they look at the press and so forth.”
The interview, conducted by Olivia Nuzzi, focused on the veteran journalists newly-published book, "Fear," an exposé of the Trump presidency based on hundreds of hours of interviews with members of the administration.
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Asked whether a younger reporter should “take the bullet on that one,” Woodward answered in the affirmative, noting that “the best obtainable version of the truth” can only be found by going to the scene and talking to first-hand witnesses. The 75-year-old journalist shot to fame more than 40 years ago for his reporting on the Watergate political scandal
“Fear,” which hit the shelves last Tuesday, portrays U.S. President Donald Trump as prone to profane outbursts and impulsive decision-making, with top aides worried the country is one Trump tweet away from a national or economic security crisis.
The book's release was the second blow dealt to the Trump administration in a week. On Friday, Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, agreed to plead guilty to two criminal counts and to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference.
As part of the cooperation deal with Mueller, Manafort will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
In a statement, the White House distanced Trump from the veteran Republican operative who helped get him elected against the odds in 2016. "This had absolutely nothing to do with the president or his victorious 2016 presidential campaign," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said of the Manafort news on Friday. "It is totally unrelated."