Watergate Journalist Who Helped Bring Nixon Down Says 'There Is Much More' On Trump For Democrats to Investigate

Journalist Bob Woodward attends the 2017 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at Washington Hilton on April 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty

Bob Woodward, the journalist whose reporting was vital to breaking the Watergate scandal and spurring President Richard Nixon to resign his presidency at the threat of impeachment, told MSNBC that he believes the Democratic Party should expand its investigation into President Donald Trump beyond the Ukraine whistleblower complaint.

Woodward is best known for his work in the early 1970s, when he and fellow Washington Post writer Carl Bernstein conducted investigative reporting that revealed Nixon's involvement with the burglary of the Democratic Party's headquarters. The duo's original reporting, and the subsequent federal investigation into the matter, ultimately led to Nixon's resignation in 1974.

He continued to work as an author and investigative journalist long after Watergate. He has since penned several books on numerous political topics, from the tenure of Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan to former President Barack Obama's handling of American wars in the Middle East. His most recent book, published in 2018, is about the executive career of Trump and is titled Fear: Trump in the White House. According to a review of the book by The New York Times, one of the biggest takeaways derived from Woodward's book is that the president is a "congenital liar."

Speaking on MSNBC's Morning Joe talk show, Woodward said that it was not enough for the Democrats to investigate the complaint of an anonymous whistleblower who claimed last month that Trump asked the president of Ukraine to "dig up dirt" on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.

Woodward's remarks came after MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle compared Trump's behavior to Nixon's attempt to undermine his political rivals and said that the difference between Nixon's administration and Trump's is that the former had "people of character" who spoke up about the injustice they had witnessed.

"I wrote the book on the governing chaos in the Trump administration," Woodward said, referring to Fear, "and the nervous breakdown that has taken place. But it's not just on one part, and I think the mistake will be if there is not a serious investigation of all of this."

While he said he believed there was something true about the whistleblower's complaint, Woodward also said the Democrats would do well to thoroughly include everything else the Trump administration has allegedly committed as they consider impeachment. This includes the president's alleged connections with the Saudi Arabian government and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

"There is much more that is going on," Woodward said. "The whole Saudi relationship, what's going on with North Korea... What's going on — you go through the list and if there is the sense, ah!, this is going to carry it over the line for the Democrats by looking at Ukraine, I think that's wrong."

Woodward has been a vocal critic of the current administration in the past, calling Trump a "walking conflict of interest" due to the secrecy surrounding his tax returns and the "most isolated" president since Nixon.