Carl Bernstein: Recent indictments show Mueller probe is 'not a witch hunt'

Carl Bernstein: Recent indictments show Mueller probe is 'not a witch hunt'
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Veteran reporter Carl Bernstein on Sunday said special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's recent indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials proves his probe is "not a witch hunt."

"Indeed, the president’s object has been throughout to make this appear as a witch hunt," Bernstein said on CNN's "Reliable Sources."

"It is now demonstrable to all, for all to see, this is not a witch hunt," Bernstein continued. 

Bernstein's comments come two days after Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinFive things to know about Bruce Ohr, the DOJ official under fire from Trump Preet Bharara: ‘God bless the Deep State’ if it’s people who care about the law FBI chief: I'm trying to bring 'normalcy' in 'turbulent times' MORE announced Mueller's indictment of the Russian officials for conspiring to influence the 2016 presidential election.

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Eleven of the defendants are charged with conspiring to hack into networks used by the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The other is charged with conspiring to hack into systems used to administer U.S. elections. 

Though the intelligence community has concluded that Russians influenced the 2016 election, President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House counsel called Trump 'King Kong' behind his back: report Trump stays out of Arizona's ugly and costly GOP fight Trump claims he instructed White House counsel to cooperate with Mueller MORE has repeatedly insisted the Mueller probe is a "witch hunt."

The language is reminiscent of arguments used by former President Nixon in the early days of the Watergate scandal, which Bernstein famously uncovered.

"Nixon, Aides Believe Hearing is Witchhunt," read the headline of a 1973 story by Bernstein and his partner, Bob Woodward. 

Just last week, Trump called the investigation's authenticity into question given FBI agent Peter Strzok's early involvement.

"How can the Rigged Witch Hunt proceed when it was started, influenced and worked on, for an extended period of time, by former FBI Agent/Lover Peter Strzok?" Trump tweeted. "Read his hate filled and totally biased Emails and the answer is clear!"

Strzok was removed from the investigation after it came to light that he exchanged text messages that were critical of Trump.

Bernstein said Trump will have to discuss Russia's election interference during his summit with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

"We do have to assume that what we saw from Rod Rosenstein on Friday is very much part of the dynamic of Helsinki," Bernstein said on CNN's "Reliable Sources."

Bernstein has previously said that President Trump lies more than any other president in history.