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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Legendary Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein on Sunday laid out Donald Trump’s “demonstrable” cover-up, telling CNN’s Brian Stelter that the president wants the media’s “credibility destroyed because we are reporting the truth.”

Bernstein on Friday reported Cohen’s claim that Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Russian nationals offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. Per the CNN report, Cohen is willing to “make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller.”

Speaking with Stelter on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Bernstein compared the Russia investigation to Watergate, explaining that he and his reporters are “making judgments about what is news” while those in power attempt to discredit the sources. 

Bernstein went on to detail the “vast story” emerging in the Mueller investigation.

“We have the story going on about this investigation closing in and how psychologically Trump is reacting,” Bernstein explained. “Telling the country that he is a stable genius while those in the White House are saying, well, he doesn’t look very stable right now to us and he didn’t look very much like a genius to us right now except where he obviously is ingenious and that is in his political skills and mobilizing his base, which is his big offensive to keep the facts from emerging in this story.”

“The base and keeping them energized against the press is absolutely essential to Donald Trump fighting and furthering the cover-up,” Bernstein said. “Look, there is a cover-up by the president of the United States. But we don’t know what the cover-up is about yet. We don’t know the facts yet. Why he has, from the beginning in this investigation—and the Trump Tower meeting is the best evidence of it—the cover-up is demonstrable because he helped create the cover story on the airplane, which has since been disproven about what occurred at that meeting.”

“We have a lot to learn and we need to keep doing our reporting and that includes this dynamic that is going on of the attempts by the president to undermine a free press, because he wants our credibility destroyed because we are reporting the truth,” Bernstein added.

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Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden speaking in Manitowoc, WI

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Today in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Joe Biden spoke about the toll of coronavirus, which has now officially passed 200,000. "What worries me now is we've been living with this pandemic for so long, I worry we're risking becoming numb to the toll that it's taken on us," the Democratic nominee warned. "We can't let that happen."

How did that happen? How did America lose 200,000 people to a horrendous death, with no end in sight? That tragedy can be traced directly to a vacuum of leadership in the White House, as Biden remarked. But he also saw behind that lack of presidential fortitude to its deeper cause: Donald Trump simply never cared how many of us die and he still doesn't. The evidence is in Trump's own behavior at his "superspreader rallies" – where he always protects himself while leaving his own followers to risk illness and worse.

Watch Biden describe the moral emptiness inside this president.