Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein claimed that President Trump has helped Russian President Vladimir Putin “destabilize” the U.S.
“Trump keeps going back to the idea we need better relations with Russia. He could well be right,” Bernstein said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday. “But from a point of view of strength, and what everybody can see, is that he has not acted with Russia from the United States having a strength advantage with Russia.”
“Rather he has done what appears to be Putin’s goals,” Bernstein continued. “He has helped Putin destabilize the United States and interfere in the election, no matter whether it was purposeful or not.”
Bernstein added that he has been “told” that a draft of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the probe into Russia’s election interference and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin will scrutinize whether Trump was a “witting, unwitting or half-witting pawn” to Russia’s destabilizing goals during the 2016 election.
.@carlbernstein: “This is about the most serious counterintelligence people we have in the US 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…to Vladimir Putin.'” pic.twitter.com/QOSdJPsJN5
— Reliable Sources (@ReliableSources) January 13, 2019
The New York Times released a report this weekend that confirmed the FBI in 2017 opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was working on behalf of Russia after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.
The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Trump has repeatedly worked to hide details of his private conversations with Putin.
Bernstein added on Sunday that he has spoken with lawyers of defendants in Mueller’s probe who think Trump “has been lying at every turn about his relationship with Russia.”
“Let us look at all of the lies,” Bernstein said. “Follow the money, follow the lies. They are all mostly — and most vehemently — about Russia.”