Trump heightens attacks against CNN, Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein over Trump Tower story

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE on Wednesday stepped up his personal attacks against CNN, lambasting the network and veteran journalist Carl Bernstein for a July report about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting.

“CNN is being torn apart from within based on their being caught in a major lie and refusing to admit the mistake," Trump tweeted Wednesday evening. "Sloppy @carlbernstein, a man who lives in the past and thinks like a degenerate fool, making up story after story, is being laughed at all over the country! Fake News.”

Bernstein, known for his coverage of the Watergate scandal, co-wrote an article for CNN reporting that Trump's former lawyer and "fixer," Michael Cohen, was willing to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that then-candidate Trump knew about the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump has publicly criticized Russia probe more than 1,100 times: NY Times Trump, Harris, Ocasio-Cortez, Charlie Kirk among Twitter's most-engaged users Trump Jr. blasts Alec Baldwin: 'Spare everyone your bulls---' MORE and a Russian lawyer promising dirt on the-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

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Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, later publicly confirmed that he was a source for the story. He walked back his claim that Cohen knew Trump was aware of the meeting. 

“I regret not being much clearer in saying I'm not sure about this story,” Davis, who is an opinion contributor at The Hill, told NBC News.

CNN says it spoke to multiple sources — not just Davis — for its article.

Trump Jr. also criticized CNN for the story, tweeting Sunday, “Comical to watch @CNN covering for leftist hack @carlbernstein. He & Obama staffer @jimsciutto obviously got story wrong. CNN 'stands by' it anyway, defending literal fake news. 3 'reporters' were fired for false CNN hit on [White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciWhite House spokeswoman leaving to join PR firm White House announces changes in press office Scaramucci’s wife says he’s trying not to ‘blab’ White House secrets on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ MORE] & this is FAR worse!”

"We stand by our story, and are confident in our reporting of it," a CNN spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

This article was updated and corrected at 11:25 a.m.