Legendary reporter Carl Bernstein told CNN’s “New Day” Monday that the current battles over deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, accused of conspiring against the president, and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, accused by multiple women of sexual assault, show the US is in a “cold civil war”, with truth as the primary casualty.
Asked by co-host Alisyn Camerota how anyone could discern the truth about Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations “if it’s really just truly he said/she said at that point because the FBI isn’t investigating and no other witnesses are called,” Bernstein said he didn’t know.
“One thing we need to understand is the larger context of all of this, and that is that we are in a cold civil war in this country,” Bernstein said. “These two events, both the Mueller investigation and the Kavanaugh nomination are almost the Gettysburg and Antietam, the absolute central battles of this cold civil war.”
Bernstein said both the Democrats and the Republicans were “exploiting” the situation, making matters even worse. “Instead of having two parties committed to finding out the truth in these two important matters,” he said, “we are now into serious tribalism here.”
But he laid the ultimate blame on President Trump and his behavior in office. “I think it is disproportionate because the president of the United States through his own lying has shown he has no interest in the truth,” Bernstein said. “The mechanisms of government, our system, is not working right now, and as a result we have a constitutional crisis.
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‘Barr is a toady’: Jeffrey Toobin says talk of attorney general resigning is ‘just a big show’
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says he doesn't believe Attorney General William Barr when he claims he considered resigning from the Trump administration.
Sources close to Barr told ABC News that the attorney general had contemplated quitting because President Donald Trump's tweets make it difficult for him to do his job.
"Barr is a toady," Toobin explained during an appearance on CNN. "Barr is doing what he's told. He had this one statement, 'Oh, whoa is me, it's hard for me to do my job when the president tweets.'"
‘That’s how authoritarian countries work’: CNN’s Toobin warns Trump is acting like a dictator
On CNN Wednesday, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin broke down the significance of President Donald Trump's decision to pardon several high-powered friends accused of political corruption and tax crimes.
"There is no doubt, under the Constitution, the president has the power to do this," said Toobin. "This is not legally a — an open question. And there is a history of controversial pardons, whether it's President Clinton pardoning Marc Rich, a fugitive financier, or George Herbert Walker Bush pardoning the Iran-Contra people on his way out of the office."
"So what makes this so troubling is in the middle of his term, here he is assigning friends, basically friends and friends of friends, to get pardons and clemency, which is how authoritarians behave, which is playing favorites with your personal friends at a time when you are playing with the opposite of favorites with prosecutorial decisions," said Toobin. "I want these people prosecuted, these people freed — that's how authoritarian countries work. Countries where there is the rule of law, there are systems in place for who gets prosecuted, who gets clemency. This is a very individually-focused way to run a presidency."
GOP’s portrayal of Trump as a corruption fighter torn to shreds as ‘complete nonsense’
Republicans who defended President Donald Trump during impeachment hearings insisted that he wasn't trying to shake down the Ukrainian government to investigate his political foes, but was instead sincerely concerned about fighting corruption abroad.
CNN's John Avlon, however, argued on Wednesday that Trump showed these claims were "complete nonsense" after he unleashed a slew of pardons and commutations for corrupt former public officials, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who both were sent to prison after being found guilty of abusing their offices for personal gain.