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Carl Bernstein accuses GOP senators of cover-up: 'Shameful episode in our history'

Watergate reporter Carl BernsteinCarl BernsteinThe Memo: Trump plows ahead with efforts to overturn election Trump calls Carl Bernstein 'total nut job' after CNN analyst's 'homicidal president' charge Carl Bernstein: Woodward's Trump tapes 'smoking gun' of 'homicidal negligence' MORE accused Republican senators of a "cover-up" while calling President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE's impeachment and likely acquittal "a really shameful episode in our history" during an appearance on CNN Thursday night.

The perspective from the CNN contributor comes as Trump's impeachment trial looks set to be wrapped up as soon as Friday night or Saturday morning. Republican senators appear to have the votes to block Democrats from calling any new witnesses, including former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday Bolton calls on GOP leadership to label Trump's behavior 'inexcusable' MORE.

“They have covered up what the president of the United States has done in his grievous action when they had the the ability to find out more," Bernstein said in lacerating the GOP majority.

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“This is a cover-up, plain and simple," he continued. "And there has been no attempt throughout this proceeding by the Republicans in this Senate of the United States — the so-called world’s greatest deliberative body, which we now can see how deliberative it is — that we have seen now a really shameful episode in our history that’s going to redound for many, many years.”

Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderMcConnell chokes up saying goodbye to 'friend' Lamar Alexander in floor speech Mark Kelly sworn in to Senate seat Longtime GOP lawmaker urges Senate to restore itself in farewell speech MORE (R-Tenn.), seen as a possible swing vote on witnesses, announced late Thursday after senators concluded a period of asking questions to both legal teams in the impeachment drama, that he would not back a call for new witnesses. 

"I worked with other senators to make sure that we have the right to ask for more documents and witnesses, but there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the U.S. Constitution's high bar for an impeachable offense," Alexander wrote on Twitter in the first of a series of tweets explaining his decision.