Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein: Trump is obstructing justice by signaling a 'pardon' for Manafort
Carl Bernstein (Photo: Screen capture)

Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein told CNN's Ana Cabrera that President Donald Trump has consistently shown a pattern of obstruction of justice.


President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax fraud on Tuesday by a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia.

President Trump responded to the news by tweeting, "I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. “Justice” took a 12-year-old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to “break” - makeup stories in order to get a “deal.” Such respect for a brave man!" [sic]

During Wednesday's show, Bernstein said that President Trump's comments signal that he might try to pardon Manafort.

"I don't think any serious person and certainly no serious lawyer or Justice Department official that I know of thinks it is anything but an attempt to dangle a pardon," he said.

Bernstein added, "He has every right to pardon any person he wants to, but the act of signaling it at this point might well be a part of a pattern of obstruction as well as an obstruction in itself."

He also called out Republicans for being silent and not holding President Trump accountable.

"The Republicans on Capitol Hill have been craven and have enabled Trump's coverup. They have enabled his continuing lie without calling him into account," he said.

Watch the video below via CNN.