Journalist and author Carl Bernstein, who was part of the reporting team who ultimately exposed President Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal, has accused Attorney General William Barr of running interference for President Donald Trump, Newsweek reports. Bernstein's work ultimately helped to bring about Nixon's eventual resignation in 1974.
During an interview Sunday, he continued on to describe Trump as perhaps "the most authoritarian president" in the history of the United States of America.
The remarks were made during an interview on CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday, where Bernstein argued that Congress has so far not done enough to challenge Trump and push back on his more autocratic tendencies. He expressed the importance of a bipartisan investigation into the resident, in contrast to the heavily partisan dynamics currently at play when it comes to Trump, Congress, and potentially even the Supreme Court.
"We find ourselves in this situation, right now, because there is an ongoing cover-up by the president of the United States," said Bernstein. "It's obvious to anyone that watches, anyone who looks at the facts, reads the Mueller report, the obstruction part particularly, we are in the midst of a continued cover-up by the president, aided [and] abetted by the attorney general of the United States."