“Mueller draft report says Trump “helped Putin destabilize the United States,” Watergate journalist says.”
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) January 13, 2019
Bernstein became globally famous for his investigation and writing about the Watergate scandal which resulted in the resignation of former President Richard Nixon. He was on CNN on Sunday discussing two new bombshell reports released this weekend which provide more evidence that Donald Trump not only had very close ties to Russia but in fact may have been working as a Russian spy.
The Post reported that Trump has gone to “extraordinary lengths” to conceal several conversations he has had with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Times article revealed that the FBI had started a formal counterintelligence investigation into the president after he fired former FBI director James Comey in 2017. The FBI had obtained sufficient information to make them believe that Trump might be working on behalf of Russia as an intelligence asset.
Trump of course immediately denied all reports that he worked on behalf of Russia, and has even attacked the Times and other media outlets for even reporting on the FBI investigation.
But Bernstein strongly criticized the way that Trump attacked the media and dismissed the FBI probe, saying:
“This is about the most serious counterintelligence people we have in the U.S. government saying, ‘Oh, my God, the president’s words and actions lead us to conclude that somehow he has become a witting, unwitting, or half-witting pawn, certainly in some regards, to Vladimir Putin.’”
“From a point of view of strength… rather, he has done what appears to be Putin’s goals. He has helped Putin destabilize the United States and interfere in the election, no matter whether it was purposeful or not.”
Bernstein also revealed that he knew from his own confidential, high-level sources that Mueller’s draft report would specifically discuss this same assessment, that Putin had used Trump to achieve his goals.
“And that is part of what the draft of Mueller’s report, I’m told, is to be about,” the journalist said. He concluded by adding:
“We know there has been collusion by former national security adviser Michael Flynn. We know there has been collusion of some sort by Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The question is, yes, what did the president know and when did he know it?”