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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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CNN’s Jim Acosta busts Trump’s whistleblower lies: ‘Just not answering questions in a straightforward fashion’

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CNN's Jim Acosta busted several falsehoods in President Donald Trump's remarks from the Oval Office about a whistleblower complaint filed against him by an intelligence official.

The president answered questions about the complaint, which appears to center on a phone call he made to the Ukrainian president, during a White House news conference with Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.

"He did not really answer the question whether or not he spoke with the Ukranian prime minister about former Vice President Joe Biden, at one point saying it doesn't matter what he discussed," Acosta said. "But there are plenty of contradictions here that the president offered up to reporters when he was sitting down in the Oval Office, at one point describing the whistleblower has being partisan and part of a hack job, but at the same time saying he doesn't know who the whistleblower is."

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Dem lawmaker encourages acting-DNI to ignore White House and deliver the whistleblower report directly to Congress

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Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.

Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.

"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."

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WATCH: Trump’s long history of spilling America’s secrets to foreign leaders catalogued by CNN’s Avlon

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President Donald Trump this week claimed that would never be stupid enough to say something inappropriate to foreign officials when he knew that all of his calls were being monitored.

However, CNN's John Avlon on Friday went down the president's long history of making inappropriate comments to foreign leaders, including times when he spilled important intelligence secrets.

Avlon began by noting that Trump has repeatedly cast aspersions on the intelligence community, including when he infamously said that he didn't believe Russia tried to help him win the 2016 election despite multiple intelligence assessments showing just that.

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