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

Investigative journalist Carl BernsteinCarl BernsteinThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems poised to air alleged Trump abuses on TV Worried about fake political news? Just don't repost Carl Bernstein: 'Increasingly unstable' Trump 'a danger to national security' MORE is calling on the media to do a better job covering former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' 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 TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem 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 BarrImpeachment tests Barr-Trump relationship Democratic senators seek documents on Trump's alleged call for Barr press conference The Hill's Morning Report — Bloomberg news shakes up 2020 race 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.