Bernstein: Congress should hold hearings on Trump's fitness for office
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Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein on Thursday called for Congress to hold hearings on President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE's fitness for office.

"What we need here are, finally, I think, some hearings in which an executive session or open session, those around the president of the United States are questioned about the fitness of Trump to be the president of the United States," Bernstein, a CNN political analyst, said on the network.


Bernstein justified his call by citing excerpts from former reporting partner Bob Woodward's new book and an op-ed from an anonymous senior Trump administration official who argued that the president's actions are "detrimental" to the health of the nation.

Both the book and the op-ed have painted a portrait of an administration that is increasingly at odds with the president's impulses. 

"What's really going on here is that Woodward's book, and the contents of what is in the anonymous piece in The New York Times is that those closest to the president of the United States are saying we must save the country from the president," Berstein said. 

On Wednesday, a senior Trump administration official wrote an anonymous op-ed in the Times in which they blasted the president's "amorality" and criticized him as anti-trade and anti-democracy.

"The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making," the official wrote, adding that aides work around Trump to make sure his desires are not enforced. 

Similarly, Woodward's book, “Fear: Trump in the White House," reported that the White House was having a “nervous breakdown” under Trump, offering various anecdotes of aides trying to blunt decisions by Trump.

Among the anecdotes, former top economic adviser Gary CohnGary David CohnOn The Money: Wall Street zeros in on Georgia runoffs | Seven states sue regulator over 'true lender' rule on interest rates | 2021 deficit on track to reach .3 trillion Former Trump economic aide Gary Cohn joins IBM The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience MORE is reported to have removed paperwork, unnoticed, from Trump’s desk that the president intended to sign to withdraw the U.S. from trade agreements. 

Trump and the White House have responded by blasting both Woodward and The New York Times. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called on the anonymous official to resign. 

"I’m draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back," Trump tweeted Wednesday night. "Don’t worry, we will win!"

Bernstein's call has been echoed by others, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCalifornia Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election Pelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans Warren hits the airwaves for Newsom ahead of recall election MORE (D-Mass.).

"If senior administration officials think the president of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment," Warren told CNN

Like Woodward, Bernstein has been specifically targeted by Trump for his reporting. Last week the president attacked Bernstein as a "degenerate fool" over a CNN report that he co-bylined that said Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was willing to testify to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE that Trump knew about a 2016 Trump Tower meeting ahead of time.