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Carl Bernstein tells CNN: Kavanaugh and Rosenstein battles show the US is in a Cold Civil War

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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.

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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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WATCH: CNN uses video to bust Trump for lying and stealing credit for veterans program signed by Obama

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Reacting to Donald Trump's abrupt departure from his Saturday press conference after he was pressed by a CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid for lying and taking credit for a veterans bill signed into law by former President Barack Obama, CNN's Victor Blackwell shared clips of the former president announcing the signing in 2014 and Trump attempting to steal credit yesterday.

According to Blackwell, "One of President Trump's go-to lies is his role in passing Veterans Choice. You saw it at the end of the news conference when he walked away. Well that was when he was faced with a question why he said that he passed Choice and Accountability for the V.A."

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Trump’s refusal to bail out cash-strapped cities will blow up in his face at election time: economist

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On CNN Saturday, University of Michigan economist Justin Wolfers said he was "baffled" by President Donald Trump's flat refusal to allow coronavirus stimulus to go to city governments, ostensibly because they are being mismanaged by Democrats and don't deserve more money.

"I took calls from journalists throughout the last two or three years saying, what is it Trump is going to do in late 2020 to artificially goose the economy to get re-elected? And people were thinking of all sorts of ideas," said Wolfers. "The Democratic Congress has sent him a $3 trillion bill and he's refused to sign it."

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GOP strategist shut down by CNN’s Blackwell for fear-mongering about deficits after Republicans handed out tax cuts to the rich

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On CNN Saturday, Republican strategist Brian Robinson tried to claim the Democratic coronavirus stimulus proposal was a nonstarter because of deficit spending — and was immediately smacked down by anchor Victor Blackwell, who reminded him his party forced through a 12-figure unpaid-for tax cut for corporations and billionaires in 2017 over Democratic objections.

"$3.4 trillion dollars is where [Democrats] started. That's not a place we can start," said Robinson. "We have to fix our short-term problems. We've got to help people in need. We've got to help people not be evicted from their homes. Those are all important. But, it's not the only consideration. We already added $3 trillion to our national debt in the last few months. That's never happened in our nation's history. There is a limit to how much we can do. Republicans aren't pinching pennies, they're trying to use common sense."

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