On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward told host Wolf Blitzer that the White House has begun threatening him and trying to make him “uncomfortable,” in retaliation for his report last week that President Barack Obama repeatedly lied about advocating for the sequester trigger.
Knowing that the explosive allegation is “irrefutable,” Woodward said, White House officials refused to appear on CNN to defend the president, and instead opted for intimidation tactics. (RELATED — Woodward’s allegation: Obama pushed for sequester trigger, then blamed GOP for it)
According to Buzzfeed, sources say the official who threatened Woodward was Gene Sperling, the director of the White House Economic Council.
BLITZER: Take us behind the scenes, the allegations being hurled against you right now. You’re used to this kind of stuff, but share with our viewers what’s going on between you and the White House.
WOODWARD: Well, they’re not happy at all and some people kind of, you know, said, ‘Look, we don’t see eye-to-eye on this. They never really said, though, afterwards, they’ve said that this is factually wrong, and they — and it was said to me in an e-mail by a top —
BLITZER: What was said?
WOODWARD: It was said very clearly, ‘You will regret doing this.’
BLITZER: Who sent that e-mail to you?
WOODWARD: Well, I’m not going to say.
BLITZER: Was it a senior person at the White House?
WOODWARD: A very senior person. And just as a matter — I mean, it makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, you’re going to regret doing something that you believe in, and even though we don’t look at it that way, we do look at it that way. and it’s, I think if Barack Obama knew that was part of the communication’s strategy — let’s hope it’s not a strategy, but it’s a tactic that somebody’s employed, and said, look, we don’t go around trying to say to reporters, if you, in an honest way, present something we don’t like, that, you know, you’re regret this. It’s Mickey Mouse.
(h/t Business Insider)