Bernstein: Trump presidency characterized by his lies

Bernstein: Trump presidency characterized by his lies
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Famed Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein said in a Sunday television interview that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue US steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE’s tenure in the White House has been “characterized” by Trump’s lying.

“There's no reason to believe almost anything Donald Trump says,” Bernstein told CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked about the administration’s promise not to fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.

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“Because what we know is that the president of the United States and his presidency is characterized above all else by the lying of the president of the United States.”

Trump said earlier this month that he is not considering firing Mueller, who is leading the probe into Russia’s election meddling and any potential ties between Trump campaign staff and the Kremlin. 

Bernstein, who broke the Watergate scandal during the presidency of Richard Nixon, said, however, that Trump’s lies do not necessarily constitute a crime.

“That doesn't mean that lying by the president is a crime,” he said. 

“It does mean that we see him covering up events, but not necessarily criminally covering up events. And where this is going, definitively, we don't know.”

Bernstein added that White House officials have told him that Trump has conveyed “the desire to fire Mueller.”