Carl Bernstein calls Trump 'the most authoritarian president'

Veteran journalist Carl BernsteinCarl BernsteinA journalist brought Epstein to justice and Acosta's resignation — so stop demonizing the press Carl Bernstein knocks media coverage of Mueller report: 'I think we've made a big mistake' Carl Bernstein calls Trump 'the most authoritarian president' MORE on Sunday called President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report 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 BarrWilliam Pelham BarrAttorney General Barr's license to kill Medical examiner confirms Epstein death by suicide Justice Dept. says Mueller report has been downloaded 800 million times 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.