Carl Bernstein knocks media coverage of Mueller report: 'I think we've made a big mistake'

Investigative journalist Carl BernsteinCarl BernsteinCarl Bernstein accuses GOP senators of cover-up: 'Shameful episode in our history' #MidnightMoscowMitch trends amid criticism of McConnell's proposed impeachment trial rules The Hill's Morning Report - Dems poised to air alleged Trump abuses on TV MORE is calling on the media to do a better job covering former 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 report.

Speaking on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Brian Stelter on Sunday, Bernstein said the media is focused on the fighting over the report instead of its actual contents.

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“I think we’ve made a big mistake in the press about how we’ve covered the Mueller report,” Bernstein said. “We’ve gotten totally wrapped up in the warfare in the Congress between Republicans and Democrats and is there obstruction of justice or is there not obstruction of justice.”

Bernstein, best known for his reporting on the Watergate scandal, pointed to the evidence surrounding President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license MORE in the more than 400-page report.

“There are dozens and dozens of leads in there about Trump’s business dealings, things having to do with women as well that we know about from elsewhere … about his business dealings, about oligarchs, about money laundering, about Ponzi schemes,” he said.

Bernstein implored the press to do a better job of making clear to Americans the connection between Trump’s actions and the direction of the country.

“We are not making, in the press, the connections between what’s going on in the country and Donald Trump, the president,” Bernstein said. “We need to be covering the country as well and what people are talking about, thinking about, saying at the dinner table and connecting them to what is going on in Washington and in his campaign.”

The Mueller report was first delivered to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrOvernight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 COVID-19 is no excuse for Attorney General Barr to skirt the rule of law Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening MORE in March, who released a four-page summary of the special counsel's nearly two years of work to Congress.

Barr then gave a news conference widely covered by the media before publicly releasing a redacted version of the Mueller report.

Mueller will testify before Congress regarding the contents of his report this month.