Reporter Carl Bernstein, who brought down former President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, said on Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election painted a damning portrait of President Donald Trump.
During an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Bernstein said he was stunned at how different Mueller’s report was compared to the way Attorney General Bill Barr tried to portray it in his four-page summary issued last month.
“I think what is so significant is how different Mueller’s report is from how it was characterized, in a rather astonishing press conference, by the attorney general,” Bernstein said. “This is a vast narrative of a presidential cover-up.”
Bernstein said that the report showed that Trump regularly ordered officials to lie to protect him and that he tried repeatedly to obstruct the investigation. It also showed that the Trump campaign had numerous contacts with Russian agents during the election and that the president openly encouraged Russia to release dirt on rival Hillary Clinton.
“It is not pretty,” Bernstein said of the report. “It is an ugly, damning piece of business.”
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Congressman blasts Trump administration’s ‘lawless’ move to quash whistleblower: ‘He does not have the authority’
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) previewed what he expects to learn about the developing Director of National Intelligence whistleblower scandal at the hearing with the inspector general on Thursday.
"In tomorrow's hearing with the intelligence community's inspector general, who forwarded this report, saying it was an urgent concern, what exactly is the inspector general going to be able to talk about?" asked Cooper. "I know it's behind closed doors, but is he going to be able to tell you what is actually in the complaint or who is instructing him or who's instructing the DNI not to hand it over to your committee, if that's what's happening?"
White House is preparing for a ‘big fight’ with Congress over whistleblower scandal: CNN reporter
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," reporter Evan Perez said that the White House is gearing up for a showdown with the House Intelligence Committee over a whistleblower complaint of "urgent concern" for national security that President Donald Trump's officials appear to be covering up.
"Evan, this has been developing through the day. [Intelligence] Chairman [Adam] Schiff was very quiet, and now suddenly there's going to be this briefing, and what's really going to happen at the briefing tomorrow?" asked anchor Erin Burnett.
Foreign trolls are trying to create a ‘circular firing squad’ among US veterans: digital researcher
Foreign troll accounts have been working to sow division and create a "circular firing squad" among American veterans, a veterans advocate warned CNN on Wednesday.
During an interview with Brianna Keilar, Kris Goldsmith of Vietnam Veterans for America talked about the ways that trolls have been infiltrating veterans organizations and trying to divide their members along political and racial lines.
Goldsmith said that two years ago his group notice an "impostor Facebook account" that would spread misinformation and propaganda to its members.
"After months of studying it, we came to recognize that it was an entity somewhere in Bulgaria who was spreading falsified news," he explained. "So what they do is copy and paste a real story about something like veterans' benefits possibly getting cut, change the date, and make it look fresh and get people upset."