ABC’s Diane Sawyer & George Stephanopoulos Set to Interview Donald Rumsfeld

By Molly Stark Dean 

Former  secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld has started scheduling his book tour for his memoir “Known and Unknown” — set to appear on ABC’s “World News,” “Good Morning America,” and “Nightline.”

Diane Sawyer’s interview of the former secretary of defense will air on “World News” starting Feb. 7 — with portions of the interview airing on “Good Morning America,” and “Nightline” — marking Rumsfeld’s first interview since he left public service in November 2006.

Then, George Stephanopoulos will interview Rumsfeld in his first live television interview February 8.

Rumsfeld’s memoir, published by Penguin Books division Sentinel HC, hits bookshelves the same week as the ABC smorgasbord.

ABC’s official press release is after the jump…


Interview to Begin Airing Monday, February 7 on “World News with Diane Sawyer”

Rumsfeld Speaks to George Stephanopoulos in His First Live Interview
Tuesday, February 8 on “Good Morning America”

In an ABC News exclusive, Diane Sawyer talks to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in his first television interview since leaving public service in November 2006.

Donald Rumsfeld has been a pivotal figure in recent American history. As Secretary of Defense on 9/11, Rumsfeld played a critical role in the war on terror, including the combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been at the center of some of the most passionately debated issues of our time and Sawyer explores his take on those subjects during their in-depth conversation. Viewers will gain new insight into the inner workings of the Bush administration as well as the personal life experiences that shaped Rumsfeld: from growing up as a child of the Depression to becoming both the youngest and oldest Defense Secretary in American history.

Sawyer’s interview will begin airing on “World News” on Monday, February 7.  Portions of the interview will also air on “Nightline” and “Good Morning America.”

In another ABC News exclusive, George Stephanopoulos will have the first live television interview with Rumsfeld on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, February 8.

The interviews will coincide with the release of Rumsfeld’s highly anticipated memoir, “Known and Unknown,” which draws upon hundreds of previously never before released classified documents. will launch a special webpage featuring content from “Known and Unknown” and links to key documents.