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

Investigative journalist Carl Bernstein is calling on the media to do a better job covering former special counsel Robert Mueller'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.

"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 Trump 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 Barr 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.

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