Dan Rather: Is 'Anonymous' NYT Op-Ed A Smokescreen For Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing?

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Dan Rather questioned the timing of the 'New York Times' op-ed written by someone claiming to be a senior administration in the Trump White House. In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon on Thursday, Rather wondered if its a smokescreen for the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

"The central questions about that Times op-ed piece, one, the timing. Why now, why just now?" Rather asked. "And there are going be people who say it's a diversion, it's a smokescreen to take the emphasis off of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing in the Senate."

"I'm a reporter," he said. "I get paid to be skeptical. I think it's a possibility. And the other is, what did the writer of that op-ed page, what did he attempt to -- what was he attempting, what did he think he was attempting to accomplish? So the timing and what was a real motive."





DON LEMON, CNN: Yeah. We got one more quick question for you, OK. And this is because all the people who denied. And I just want to take a look, this is an article from 1974. It's Mark Felt denying that he was deep throat. It wasn't until 2005 that he came out publicly saying that he was deep throat.

Going back to the -- you know, all the graphics of denials of these officials here, and as I've been saying, just because you're up there and you're one of those denials, it doesn't mean you're not one. What do you think of these people in this anonymous op-ed, you think that one of them could be lying?

DAN RATHER, FMR. 'CBS EVENING NEWS' ANCHOR: Certainly, one of them could be lying. Let's end it this way, Don. The central questions about that Times op-ed piece, one, the timing. Why now, why just now? And there are going be people who say it's a diversion, it's a smokescreen to take the emphasis off of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing in the Senate.

LEMON: You think the administration could be playing this? Well, I thought about that.

RATHER: Look, I'm a reporter. I get paid to be skeptical. I think it's a possibility. And the other is, what did the writer of that op-ed page, what did he attempt to -- what was he attempting, what did he think he was attempting to accomplish? So the timing and what was a real motive.

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