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Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein: ‘President Donald Trump’s pattern with Russia is damning’

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On Friday, legendary Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein appeared on CNN to discuss a damning new report alleging that President Donald Trump ordered his lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about Trump tower in Moscow.

Bernstein cautioned that we need to know more about the evidence behind the claims. Nevertheless, the story fits a pattern of relentless misconduct, much of which can be traced to President Vladimir Putin.

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“No matter how sensational this story, the pattern itself is so damning about the president of the United States and his conduct as a candidate and as the president in terms of whether wittingly, unwittingly, half wittingly he has been manipulated at almost every significant turn by Vladimir Putin,” Bernstein said.

Bernstein pointed out that Cohen also told prosecutors Trump knew in advance about the Trump tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Russian agents.

He denounced the GOP for failing to hold the president accountable.

“Republicans have been craven and unwilling to demand serious investigations themselves,” Bernstein said.

“Why haven’t Republicans thus far except for self interest and very little interest in what’s good for the country been more demanding of let’s get to the bottom of President and the Russians?” he asked.

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“The most egregious and consistent lies, by his family, by his sons have been about Russia.”

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CNN’s Acosta breaks down history of Trump’s lies about voter fraud: ‘He has a problem accepting the truth’

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta walked through the history of President Donald Trump's false claims about voter fraud, leading up to the one that got him fact-checked by Twitter.

"The president was lashing out on Twitter just a few moments ago, saying he is not going to stand for Twitter, as he describes it, 'interfering in the 2020 election,'" said Acosta. "This has been going on for some time now. This is one of the president's oldest lies," said Acosta. "It goes all the way back to the 2016 campaign. He explained that the reason why he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton was because of undocumented immigrants voting in the 2016 election."

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‘Exonerated Five’ member warns of a ‘dangerous time’ after latest Central Park incident

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On CNN Tuesday, Yusef Salaam, one of the members of the Exonerated Five, warned about the implications of recent racist incidents to the state of civil rights in America.

"I want to ask you, in the course of the last couple of days we've covered this story, we've covered the story of a man who died after police put him in a hold with a knee to the neck. Yesterday I spoke with an African-American journalist who covered the Kentucky governor being hung in effigy, with people doing it who didn't seem to understand why that was problematic," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "And I just wonder what that says to you, after all of these decades, about where the country is."

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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin slams Twitter’s ‘corporate gibberish’ explanation of why they won’t enforce their rules against Trump

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On CNN Tuesday, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin laid into Twitter for their refusal to take down tweets from President Donald Trump falsely accusing MSNBC host and former Congressman Joe Scarborough of murdering a staffer — despite pleas from the staffer's family to make him stop.

"Twitter says it's deeply sorry about the pain, that they're working on how to figure out how to handle situations like this," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "I wonder if there's any legal recourse that this man has."

"I think frankly it's unlikely that he has any ability to sue Twitter or even the president, but you know, Twitter is a private company," said Toobin. "They have rules. Like Greyhound buses have rules. You can't stay on a Greyhound bus if you break the rules. President Trump has broken the rules of Twitter over and over again, and Twitter has done nothing but put out statements of corporate gibberish like the one it did today."

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