In the first episode of the new Netflix docuseries The Interview, the fictional journalist and the fictional FBI agent reveal what they’ve learned from their interviews with Donald Trump, the President of the United States.
As The Interview has become a cult phenomenon, it has also attracted attention from the likes of HBO, HBO Entertainment, HBO Films, HBO, The New York Times, and many others.
But what happens to the journalists who get the privilege of getting to sit down with the President and the FBI Director?
In an exclusive interview with Bleacher, the two journalists — journalist David Ehrlichman and FBI director James Comey — reveal the following about the experience of doing interviews with the Presidents of the US, FBI Director James Comey and Trump himself.
They also talk about what it was like for them to be part of the conversation about a President whose administration has been accused of many serious crimes, including the attempted murder of an FBI agent, the attempted kidnapping of an employee of the FBI, the shooting of the director of the CIA, and the sexual assault of an actress.
What was it like to be interviewed by Trump and the president of the united states?
We went in there with no prior knowledge of what we were doing.
They told us everything we needed to know.
There were no notes.
There was no notes, no notes of any kind.
They didn’t give us any context.
They asked us questions without having to answer any of the questions.
The president didn’t have to answer them.
The FBI director had to answer those questions, too.
How does the president respond to that?
We were in the room with him and we were like, “Are you the president?”
The president was just like, Oh yeah, I know what you mean.
He said, “I’m the president.
You know, it’s just a little weird to be in the same room as the president, but I’m the head of the department.
What you’re doing is great.
I know the president.”
The director of counterintelligence was just a total stranger.
He was not even in the hotel room.
He had a security guard, he was there, he said hello to everybody.
He walked by me in the hallway.
The director, the FBI director, and I had lunch in the dining room.
We just ate and talked for a few minutes.
It was so surreal to sit in a room with the president and not be in any way part of what he’s doing, but be there.
It was just one of those surreal experiences.
I was in the White House, but there was no president in the Oval Office, no president there.
What’s going on in that room?
There’s a scene in the episode where we sit in the executive dining room, where they have this meeting.
And you go up to the table, and you’re in this really small room, and they’re all sitting around the table and talking about a subject.
And there’s this one reporter, and she’s sitting there, and it’s the first time I’ve seen her.
We’ve never met before, and we’re all just sort of sitting there talking, and at some point the president goes up and he starts talking about how great it is to have a great press, how great this White House is.
And the reporters start looking around and then the president comes up to them, and he says, “They’re very nice people.
You’re going to be the greatest press in the world.”
And he kind of laughs, and then he says to the director, “How do you like being the best press in America?”
And the director says, I’m sorry, I’ve never even heard of this.
And then he just says, Oh, well, then you should be the best.
I’ve heard of it.
So the director goes up to us, he says hello, he introduces himself, and everybody laughs and everybody’s looking around.
And the president walks up to me and he said, ‘You know, David, this is the greatest time.
You should be going to the Whitehouse.’
He said to me, ‘I want you to be a special assistant to me.
And I want you, David.
I want to have you as my chief of staff, as my national security adviser.
I don’t care who you are.
You are going to make a difference.
And this is my administration, and if you don’t have any of these jobs, I want everyone to know, this administration is going to change.’
And I’m like, ‘Wow, thank you, sir.
You mean a whole lot.’
He says, ‘But David, I have to tell you this, this presidency is not over.
This is not even close.
We are not done.
The press is going in, and as soon as you have these jobs in this administration, you’re going be a star