Carl Bernstein calls Trump 'the most authoritarian president'

Veteran journalist Carl BernsteinCarl BernsteinNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un Bob Woodward talked out of exposing Brett Kavanaugh as anonymous source by Washington Post editor: report Second Bob Woodward book on Trump presidency set for September release MORE on Sunday called President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE "the most authoritarian president" in U.S. history and alleged an "ongoing cover-up" that hasn't faced enough congressional pushback.

"There has been no real bipartisan investigation of the most authoritarian president in our history, probably," Bernstein, whose work at The Washington Post helped uncover the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, said on CNN's "Reliable Sources."

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“Right now, it’s obvious to anyone that watches, anyone who looks at the facts, reads the Mueller report, the obstruction part particularly: We are in the midst of a continued cover-up by the president, aided and abetted by the attorney general of the United States,” he said.

The Justice Department declined to comment, and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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 did not make a determination in his 448-page report about whether Trump obstructed justice. But Mueller also said that the report "does not exonerate" the president.

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations How would a Biden Justice Department be different? MORE’s four-page letter to Congress summarizing the Mueller report, sent weeks before it was made public, garnered swift backlash from congressional Democrats who said Barr acted in Trump's interest and helped him claim total exoneration. Barr has denied those accusations.

Bernstein said the evidence against Trump is “so overwhelming.”

"This is no exoneration about his conduct, in terms of Russia and Russian contacts," Bernstein said.

--Updated at 2:19 p.m.