Bernstein: Even If There Was No Trump-Russia Collusion, Mueller Investigation Must Go Forward

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Carl Bernstein said even if there is was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and that there is no "there" there the Mueller campaign must go forward. In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday, the reporter said Trump is trying to "bury" the investigation, calling it "unlike anything we have ever seen from a modern president."

He also called 'Spygate,' Trump's claim that his campaign was spied on by an informant with the FBI, a "false narrative."

"What's so astonishing is that a party of the president would go along with these lies and not say, Mr. President, you can plead your case, but you cannot lie day after day to the American people and invent a false narrative that all of us understand is a false narrative and that's what's going on here," Bernstein said.





CARL BERNSTEIN: We cannot have a president of the United States who lies and covers up and the heroes of Watergate were Republicans because they said, the truth is more important than a political party or an ideology. This is not about the behavior of the Republican party. It is about the behavior of the president of the United States and the people around him.

The amazing thing that we're seeing here is that Mueller, by every indication, by listening to the likes, in fact, of Chris Christie, praising Mueller and his independence and sense of fairness. If there is no "there" there, if this is about undermining the system of democratic elections in our country by a foreign power, if, indeed, there was no, quote, collusion, then let the investigation go forward and Mueller will say in his report, there was no collusion. But we are not seeing that. We're seeing an attempt by the president to bury that investigation, to bury the investigators.

The lies from President Trump are unlike anything we have ever seen from a modern president of the United States. And it goes on day after day. This is not me sitting up here saying, it's my opinion the president lies. It's demonstrable. It's reportorial, it's demonstrated and cataloged.

ANDERSON COOPER: Yeah, time after time after time.

BERNSTEIN: And that -- what's so astonishing is that a party of the president would go along with these lies and not say, Mr. President, you can plead your case, but you cannot lie day after day to the American people and invent a false narrative that all of us understand is a false narrative and that's what's going on here.

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