Legendary journalist Carl Bernstein said Mike Flynn is the key to uncovering the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
“I think it’s obvious that Gen. Flynn is in up to his neck in terms, not just of possible crimes involving his speeches and whether or not he registered as a foreign agent, which he should have and didn’t,” Bernstein said Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day.”
The leadership of the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday that classified evidence suggests Flynn may have broken the Constitution’s Emoluments clause and other laws by accepting payments from Russia and Turkey and then failing to report those payments.
“He is central to what the FBI believes is a cover-up going on among people close to the president of the United States about what happened with the Trump campaign and Russia,” Bernstein said.
He said President Donald Trump and his administration are “impeding” the investigation into possible Russian collusion, but he stopped short of accusing them of obstruction of justice.
“The agents and those at the top of the FBI believe the White House is keeping them from learning what they need to know, and Flynn is central to that,” Bernstein said. “Flynn’s activities are central, his communications with the president, etc., central, and that’s what the White House, Trump, is not allowing to be turned over.”
Bernstein expressed confidence that newly confirmed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would properly oversee the investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself for his own contacts with Russia during the campaign.
“He is going to see, ‘Oh my god, there’s a cover-up going on,'” Bernstein said. “The question is, what is Mr. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, going to do?”
The president-elect tapped Flynn as his national security adviser in November, and he resigned less than four weeks into the job for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador about the possibility of easing U.S. sanctions.
A month after leaving the Trump administration, Flynn registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for his lobbying work on behalf of Turkish interests during the final weeks of the presidential campaign.
Flynn had served as a key foreign policy adviser during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and was one of the administration’s first appointees after the election.
He reportedly offered to testify before FBI and congressional investigators in exchange for immunity from prosecution, but his offer was rejected.
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Trump ‘specifically pressured the president of Ukraine’: WSJ reporter explains bombshell report
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Friday interviewed one of the reporters behind a bombshell story on President Donald Trump and his interactions with Ukraine that are at the center of the whistleblower scandal.
"President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ’s son, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, on a probe, according to people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal reported.
Images from global climate strikes show city streets packed with millions of people
This Friday, millions of people around the world are skipping school and work to demand action on climate change. According to reports, "global climate strikes" are currently taking place in over 150 countries, all designed to take place ahead of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly and the Climate Action Summit this coming Monday.
Images coming out of New York City alone show the massive scale of the protests. Tweeting from the NYC march, climate activist Greta Thunberg said that "lower Manhattan is absolutely packed with people."
WATCH: Barbara McQuade explains how she jailed mayor of Detroit — for same thing Trump did
On Thursday, it was revealed that a whistleblower in the intelligence community has submitted a complaint about President Donald Trump's conduct with a foreign leader.
There was widespread speculation Friday on the nature of the complaint, but experts suspect it has to do with the president trying to extract opposition research on Joe Biden from the president of Ukraine. Recently, Trump's lawyer and friend Rudy Giulani traveled to the country to unearth dirt on Biden's son.
And experts are concerned that Trump promised the foreign leader a better relationship with the U.S. in exchange.