Carl Bernstein: Trump's Presidency Is 'Tainted,' the FBI Is Not
Famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein blasted President Trump in a CNN interview after the president tweeted that the Trump-Russia dossier is a "pile of garbage."
Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning to repeat that the Steele dossier, which was compiled with funding from the DNC, remains unverified.
WOW, @foxandfrlends “Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED.” And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2017
Responding on "Anderson Cooper 360," Bernstein accused Trump of trying to distract attention from his own actions.
"The key word he keeps using is 'tainted.' There’s really only one institution that has been tainted through these months, and that is the Trump presidency," he said.
Bernstein accused Trump of lying repeatedly and disrespecting American democracy and its "instruments."
“He’s contemptuous of those instruments," said Bernstein, warning that Trump is "doing a grave disservice to our democracy."
He said if Trump has done nothing wrong, as he has claimed, then he should "welcome" Robert Mueller's investigation, rather than attack the investigators.
Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein responds to Trump's attacks calling the FBI 'tainted': "There’s really only one institution that has been tainted through these months, and that is the Trump presidency." pic.twitter.com/IevrRakCeJ
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) December 27, 2017
Reacting on "Happening Now," a former strategist for the Ted Cruz presidential campaign said Bernstein wears an "advocacy badge" now rather than one of a reporter.
Jason Johnson said throughout 2017, Trump has gone after his detractors on Twitter and stayed on offense, which isn't always viewed favorably by his own party.
"But in the president's defense: he is controlling the message," Johnson noted.
Watch the discussion above.