Bernstein: Trump’s ‘lies’ are all about Russia

Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein said Sunday that most of President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE's "lies" are "about Russia."

Bernstein said on CNN's "Reliable Sources" that he has spoken with lawyers of defendants in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's investigation who believe Trump "has been lying at every turn about his relationship with Russia."

"Let us look at all of the lies," Bernstein added. "Follow the money, follow the lies. They are all mostly — and most vehemently — about Russia."

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The veteran reporter also charged that Trump acts like he's "beholden" to Russia and that his attitude toward Moscow is not "benign."

Bernstein's comments come after The New York Times reported Friday that the FBI in 2017 opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was working on behalf of Russia. The probe was reportedly prompted when Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.

And on Saturday, The Washington Post reported that Trump has worked to hide the details of his private conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including by taking notes from an interpreter following a 2017 meeting with the Russian leader.

Bernstein added during his "Reliable Sources" interview that "we don’t know the answers" to questions about Trump's relationship with Russia. But he added that Trump's claims that there have been "no collusion" between him and Russia are "nonsense."

"Donald Trump has tried to convince us that unless there’s some kind of smoking gun or recording of him in the room with Putin saying, ‘Yes, Vladimir I’ll do your bidding,’ then there’s been 'no collusion.' That’s nonsense," Bernstein said. 

"This is about the most serious counterintelligence people we have in the U.S. government saying, ‘Oh my god, the president’s words and actions lead us to conclude that somehow he has become a witting, an unwitting or half-witting pawn certainly in some regards to Vladimir Putin,' " Bernstein added.