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Watergate’s Carl Bernstein: Trump’s furious denials about Russian links to his campaign reek of a ‘demonstrable’ cover-up

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Legendary Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein on Sunday laid out Donald Trump’s “demonstrable” cover-up, telling CNN’s Brian Stelter that the president wants the media’s “credibility destroyed because we are reporting the truth.”

Bernstein on Friday reported Cohen’s claim that Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Russian nationals offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. Per the CNN report, Cohen is willing to “make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller.”

Speaking with Stelter on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Bernstein compared the Russia investigation to Watergate, explaining that he and his reporters are “making judgements about what is news” while those in power attempt to discredit the sources.

Bernstein went on to detail the “vast story” emerging in the Mueller investigation.

“We have the story going on about this investigation closing in and how psychologically Trump is reacting,” Bernstein explained. “Telling the country that he is a stable genius while those in the White House are saying, well, he doesn’t look very stable right now to us and he didn’t look very much like a genius to us right now except where he obviously is ingenious and that is in his political skills and mobilizing his base, which is his big offensive to keep the facts from emerging in this story.”

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“The base and keeping them energized against the press is absolutely essential to Donald Trump fighting and furthering the cover-up,” Bernstein said. “Look, there is a cover-up by the president of the United States. But we don’t know what the cover-up is about yet. We don’t know the facts yet. Why he has, from the beginning in this investigation—and the Trump Tower meeting is the best evidence of it—the cover-up is demonstrable because he helped create the cover story on the airplane, which has since been disproven about what occurred at that meeting.”

“We have a lot to learn and we need to keep doing our reporting and that includes this dynamic that is going on of the attempts by the president to undermine a free press, because he wants our credibility destroyed because we are reporting the truth,” Bernstein added.

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Ex-White House aide baffles CNN’s Camerota by claiming Trump’s tweets were racist — but he is not

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Trying to have it both ways, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci went on CNN on Thursday morning toboth call out Donald Trump for his racist attacks while at the same time saying the president is not a racist.

Sitting down with host Alisyn Camerota, the Trump apologist who spent a brief 11 days in the White House said that the president is being advised by friends to dial back the racism or face the loss of a "glacier" of support from voters.

With host Camerota pointing out that he had called Trump’s remarks about Rep. Ilhan Omar (R-MN) “reprehensible, racist and neanderthalish,” she pressed, “and yet, you still support him?”

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Andrew McCabe lays out how Congress can press Mueller into nailing down Trump on obstruction of justice

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "New Day," former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe took anchors John Berman and Alisyn Camerota through what former special counsel Robert Mueller should be expected to tell Congress in his upcoming testimony — and how Democrats can get him to implicate President Donald Trump.

"So if you’re Congress, how do you get something from him?" asked Berman.

"What he won’t do is go beyond the four corners of the report, as he’s already said in his own statement," said McCabe. "I think one of the more frustrating parts of the report for people is he didn’t come out and address the hypothetical questions of if the president was not the president and just a private citizen, would he be charged with obstruction. So if that’s the place Congress wants to get to, there are many, many ways they can get very close to that. The report outlines at least ten different categories of obstructive activity. In 8 of those 10 categories director Mueller concluded there was significance evidence to support each of the three elements of the offense."

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WATCH: 9/11 first responder rains hell on GOP ‘assh*les’ for stalling survivor benefits bill

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Thursday morning, John Feal who has become the face of the drive to get an extended benefits bill passed for 9/11 first responder survivors blew up GOP lawmakers who have delayed the bill over budget concerns.

Responding to Sen, Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) who kept the bill from passing via unanimous consent, Feal called the two conservatives senators "assholes" during the live broadcast.

"Rand Paul and Mike Lee say there's no effect here because the bill is going to pass eventually anyway, but does it have an effect because they keep delaying it?" CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked.

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