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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.

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.

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.


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