Carl Bernstein responds to Mueller indictments: 'We are seeing evidence of a conspiracy'

Legendary Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein said Friday that the latest developments in the Russia election meddling investigation indicate “evidence of a conspiracy.”

Bernstein made the comments on CNN just hours after the Justice Department announced the indictments of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups on multiple charges related to their alleged interference in the 2016 election.

“We are seeing evidence of a conspiracy,” Bernstein said. “Who was witting, unwitting in that conspiracy, we don’t know yet. But Mueller's indictments are pointing in a certain direction around people in the Trump orbit and family.”

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE is reportedly still looking into whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE's campaign conspired with Moscow to help him win the election.


Friday's indictments allege that Russian actors adopted U.S. personas and communicated with U.S. people to “sow discord” and promote Donald Trump and Bernie SandersBernie SandersVolatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' British Bookmaker: Warren has replaced Biden as Democratic primary favorite MORE’s campaigns while disparaging Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAre Democrats turning Trump-like? The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE’s. The various charges include identity theft, bank fraud and criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWhy the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing Rosenstein: Trump should focus on preventing people from 'becoming violent white supremacists' MORE said at a press briefing that the eight-count indictment does not allege that anyone in the U.S. knew about the conspiracy efforts, and that there is nothing conclusive to demonstrate that the Russians’ efforts altered the outcome of the election.

President Trump responded to the indictments in a tweet, saying that the new round of indictments show “the Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!”

“Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President,” he tweeted. “The results of the election were not impacted.”

Trump has repeatedly maintained that his campaign did not collude with the Kremlin. 

Bernstein expressed ambivalence about Trump’s insistence of “no collusion,” saying that he thinks Mueller is a “straight shooter” who will be “upfront” if he finds conclusive evidence that the Trump campaign did not knowingly coordinate its efforts with Moscow.