Carl Bernstein: We’ve now seen ‘the instinctive lawlessness of this president'

Carl Bernstein: We’ve now seen ‘the instinctive lawlessness of this president'
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Famed Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein says that Michael Cohen's claim that he was directed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE to pay off two women who say they had affairs with Trump is proof of Trump's "instinctive lawlessness."

"We have now seen, in its naked ugliness, the instinctive lawlessness of this president," The Washington Post columnist told CNN on Thursday night. "The stench of the sewage seeping from the White House swamp is starting to waft across the country."

"It's becoming tangible. There has been a change," Bernstein added. "And I think that people are getting a look now at the real Donald Trump in a way that is taking the blinders off some eyes."

Bernstein added in the interview that Republicans in Congress, whom he described as Trump's "enablers," as becoming fed up with dysfunction in the administration.

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"The rails are starting to come off," he said. "Visibly. You hear it in the halls of Congress, in private from Republican but a few of them suggesting it in public in ways they have not [before]."

Republicans urged the special counsel investigation to continue this week after Cohen, Trump's former longtime personal attorney, told a judge that Trump had directed him to engage in a hush-money scheme with adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Several lawmakers, including Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall House votes to send impeachment articles to Senate MORE (R-Mich.) and Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials The 5 most vulnerable senators in 2020 Poll: Democrat Mark Kelly leads incumbent McSally in Arizona Senate race MORE (R-Ariz.), called the allegations serious and troubling.

"Many of the allegations against @POTUS are serious and should be taken seriously, especially by members of Congress," Amash tweeted Thursday afternoon.

"We should allow Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE to complete his investigation and issue his report before taking any action potentially affecting the president’s tenure," he continued.