Journalist Carl Bernstein came forth this Sunday to express his doubts that President Trump will willingly sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, noting the president’s “compulsive, continual lying.”
“I think many of us will believe it when we see him sit down with Mueller. Look, we have no reason to believe almost anything that [Trump] says. What is so extraordinary about him and his presidency is the incessant, compulsive, continual lying,” Bernstein declared on CNN.
“We’ve never had a president who lies like this, certainly in the modern era. Even Nixon,” the Watergate reporter continued.
Bernstein’s remarks come as speculation surrounds whether or not Trump will sit down for an interview with Mueller as part of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian collusion during the 2016 presidential election.
Trump has publicly declared that he is willing to talk with Mueller under oath. However, his lawyers are insisting that the president not sit down with Mueller, noting concerns that he could be charged with lying to investigators during the interview.
Bernstein declared this Sunday that Trump’s lying should be of concern to Republicans. The former journalist claimed that some Republican lawmakers appear to be “forming a bodyguard around the president” instead of permitting Mueller’s investigation.
Several Republican lawmakers have in recent weeks cited a GOP-crafted memo as well texts between two FBI officials as evidence that the Justice Department and Mueller’s investigation are in fact biased against Trump.
While some lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have declared their own interest in passing legislation to protect Mueller from being fired, Republican leaders have said such a bill is not needed.
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