Giuliani calls for Woodward to release tapes: 'Let's see what he has'

Giuliani calls for Woodward to release tapes: 'Let's see what he has'
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President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday called for veteran journalist Bob Woodward to release tapes he recorded while reporting his upcoming book about the Trump White House.

"Let’s see what he has, or is he just a phony Washington icon?" Giuliani told The Daily Beast.

The former New York City mayor said he wanted Woodward to release "ones talking about me." 

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Giuliani earlier in the day denied a passage from Woodward's book in which Trump was quoted as calling him "a little baby that needed to be changed." 

“20 to 30 witnesses saw it and can say he or his source are liars,” Giuliani tweeted. “Most important for libel purposes, he never called me. Didn’t want to know truth.”

Giulani later told The Daily Beast that he had identified "five witnesses," adding that he has "10 to 15 to go."

“I know [Woodward is] a D.C. god but he has a history of sloppy [journalism to] make money… I’m tired of it," Giuliani said, according to The Daily Beast.

The White House has been pushing back for two days after The Washington Post published excerpts from Woodward's forthcoming book "Fear: Trump in the White House" that depicted a White House staff scrambling to protect the country from a reckless president.

The Post reported that Woodward's book is based on hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents.

Woodward's former reporting partner Carl Bernstein said on CNN that every account in the book is verifiable. 

"There are so many tape recordings from his sources," Bernstein said Tuesday.

The anecdotes from Woodward's book prompted immediate pushback from top White House officials who denied the veteran journalist's reporting. 

Giuliani told CNBC on Tuesday that he believes that any Trump officials who bad-mouthed the president to Woodward "should be questioning why they are there."

“Why don't they go get another job?" Giuliani asked. "That's the kind of disloyalty that leads to you leaving, not staying and undermining the president.” 

Trump has called the book "a work of fiction," echoing a Tuesday statement from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who called it "nothing more than fabricated stories." 

White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE has also denied calling the president an "idiot," using a recycled statement that he used when similar reports emerged earlier this year.

Woodward released a single statement to the Post on Tuesday, stating, "I stand by my reporting."