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Carl Bernstein tells CNN Trump legal team’s emails to Cohen are like something out of ‘The Godfather’

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Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein told CNN on Thursday that the strategy behind President Donald Trump’s legal team’s communications with Michael Cohen -which he described as something out of “The Godfather” — was to dangle pardons to make sure people involved in the Russia probe won’t talk.

“It sounds like a little bit of Shakespeare and a lot of Mario Puzo combined,” Bernstein said of the emails Cohen turned over to Congress, in which Trump’s legal team wrote “sleep well tonight, you have friends in high places.”

“Do I see this pattern? Of course, the pattern is there,” Bernstein went on with a dry laugh. “The suggestion of pardons for many people involved in the Russia investigation is out there, there is no question about it.”

“Any reasonable person, I think, would conclude that the president wants these people to be under the impression that he may pardon them so that they won’t talk,” he continued, and slammed Trump and his lawyers. “It is a horrible thing to watch the president of the United States act like this. Nixon didn’t talk like this in public, it’s extraordinary.”

Bernstein said he was using “The Godfather” novels “to try to show a benchmark of what we are listening here to by the president of the United States, whether it constitutes impeachable offense” or even outright criminal behavior.

“There is a matrix of a cover up in front of our very eyes,” Bernstein said. “I would like to ask [fellow guest and former Associate White House Counsel] Jim Schultz, ‘is that not a reasonable inference for lay people especially to draw given on what we have seen so far?'”

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Trump just gave Don McGahn a reason to testify to Congress — ‘’and it won’t be good for the president’: CNN analyst

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During a panel discussion on Donald Trump's latest attacks on former White House counsel Don McGahn -- accusing him of lying to special counsel Robert Mueller to make himself look good -- a CNN analyst suggested the president may come to regret his comments.

Speaking with CNN fill-in host Alex Marquardt, every member of the panel said there was no way that McGahn would lie while under oath when he spoke with Justice Department officials.

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Sarah Sanders’ replacement ‘won’t last one day’ if they won’t lie for Trump like she did: CNN host

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During a panel discussion on White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders' plan to depart her job working for President Donald Trump, CNN host Kate Bolduan scoffed at the idea that the president will employ anyone who doesn't lie like he does.

Speaking with CNN media analyst Brian Stelter, Bolduan asked about Sanders contentious tenure and her abrasive nature with the press.

"Essentially the post hasn't been filled in the traditional sense for a long time," Stelter explained. "95 days without a traditional briefing. Clearly, he's going to appoint somebody. The white house communications director role hasn't been filled in the way it traditionally is."

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Ex-White House aide snaps at CNN’s Camerota after she calls out Sarah Sander’s lies

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In a frequently contentious interview with CNN's Alisyn Camerota, former White House Communications director Anthony Scaramucci snapped at the CNN host when she pointed out exiting White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders' history of lying and attacking the press.

Asked about the timing of Sanders' departure, Scaramucci said the spokesperson had done her time -- one year serving on then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign and two years in the White House.

"She did a great job," Scaramucci attempted. "I know people have mixed views of her in places like this but I love her and think she did a great job and she is as an honest broker."

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