Carl Bernstein: Giuliani's goal is to 'throw bombs' into the Mueller probe

Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein on Friday accused Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani of trying to "throw bombs" into special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

"Rudy Giuliani is capable of being so reckless as we have seen throughout the campaign and as we are seeing now, that it is very difficult to parse what he is doing and saying, except that he is trying to throw bombs into the Mueller investigation," Bernstein said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360."

Bernstein's comments came after Giuliani, one of the newest additions to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE's legal team, sought earlier Friday to clarify comments he made to Fox News this week in which he appeared at times to contradict the president.


Among the claims that Giuliani made was that Trump fired former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump on possible Roger Stone pardon: 'His prayer may be answered' How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed MORE last year because Comey would not publicly say that the president was not a target of the Russia investigation.

In a statement on Friday, Giuliani appeared to back away from that statement, saying that the president's decision to dismiss the FBI director fell well within his powers under Article II of the Constitution.

Trump fired Comey in May 2017 for what he initially said was the FBI director's handling of the investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Hillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Biden campaign hires top cybersecurity officials to defend against threats MORE's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. But Trump later acknowledged that he took the FBI's Russia investigation into consideration when he made the decision to dismiss Comey.

Comey's ouster prompted Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinSupreme Court to hear dispute over Democrats' access to Mueller materials Republicans release newly declassified intelligence document on FBI source Steele GOP's Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst MORE, the most senior Justice Department official overseeing the Russia probe, to appoint Mueller as special counsel.

Trump has denied that there was any coordination between his campaign and Moscow, and has called Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt" and a "hoax."