Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein said on Friday that the concept of “fake news” is a minor casualty amid revelations from former Trump adviser Mike Flynn’s guilty plea.
“None of this is fake news,” Bernstein told CNN’s Jim Sciutto, referencing President Donald Trump’s favorite epithet for news that he dislikes. “We can put away the fake news charge once and for all after today.”
In the segment, Bernstein also spoke more about the differences between Watergate and Trump’s “Russiagate,” and in particular, how the potential corruption in the Trump White House is a family affair.
“This is also, today, very much about family,” he said. “It’s about Flynn, and his son, and Flynn’s fear that his son might be prosecuted. And that’s one of the reasons he was willing to be flipped here. But it’s also about the Trump family. This means that Jared Kushner is at the center of what [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller is looking at. There’s no getting around that.”
Watch video of the veteran reporter laying “fake news” to rest below, via CNN.
Trump calls Minneapolis protesters ‘thugs’ — and threatens military action
President Donald Trump blasted protesters in Minnesota outraged over the killing of George Floyd.
“ I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis,” Trump tweeted after midnight.
“A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right,” he wrote, even though the National Guard was already deployed.
“ These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he threatened.
Trump loyalist Lindsey Graham locked in dead heat with Democratic challenger in red South Carolina
Graham, who has represented South Carolina in Congress since 1995 and held his Senate seat since 2003, has in recent months faced mounting pressure from Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison. A new Civiqs poll released this week finds the two rivals tied at 42%.
A deeper dive into the poll reveals more possibly unnerving developments for Graham. Fifty-six percent of South Carolina voters have an unfavorable view of the senator, while only 35% have a positive view of him.
WATCH: Minneapolis police station burns after protesters reportedly seize the building
On Thursday night, the Minneapolis Police Department's third precinct was destroyed.
Here are some of the images from the scene.