If anyone knows what corruption and a lack of respect for the rule of law from a president can do to democracy, It’s Carl Bernstein. This is a man who was a reporter for the Washington Post during Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal, and he was one of the people who pretty much broke the story. Now, Bernstein is sounding the alarm on Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey in the middle of an investigation into Trump’s own campaign and administration.
Appearing on CNN on Sunday, Bernstein said:
“I think this is a potentially more dangerous situation than Watergate and we’re at a very dangerous moment.”
“Because we are looking at the possibility that the president of the United States and those around him, during an election campaign, colluded with a hostile foreign power to undermine the basis of our democracy: free elections.”
Bernstein then went on to stress that we do not know that Trump colluded with Russia, but his recent actions certainly point in the direction of guilt:
“But what we do know is, is that the president of the United States seems to be doing everything in his power to keep us from knowing the facts. Including firing the director of the FBI because, says the president of the United States, of ‘this Russia thing.’ So the question of a cover-up seems to me to have been answered a while ago.”
The veteran reporter then went on to issue a warning that there is most certainly something being covered up by Trump and his goons, and that it is definitely dangerous for our democracy:
“Whether that means the president of the United States obstructed justice or not, or those around him did, we don’t know.”
“But what we see is that at every turn, this president is impeding the ability of those who were chosen to investigate to do so…It’s a truly dangerous moment. It’s very different than Watergate.
Carl Bernstein is definitely someone we should listen to at this dark and troubled moment in time. He knows what he is talking about. He was at the center of the reporting that let the nation know that Richard Nixon was undermining American democracy. Now, decades later, Donald Trump is doing the same.
It’s time to put partisan politics aside and save our democracy.
Watch the video of Bernstein’s remarks below:
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