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

Watergate reporter Carl BernsteinCarl BernsteinCan the media regain credibility under Biden? The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hectic week shaping up in DC Carl Bernstein calls Trump's Georgia call 'far worse than Watergate' MORE accused Republican senators of a "cover-up" while calling President TrumpDonald TrumpSt. Louis lawyer who pointed gun at Black Lives Matter protesters considering Senate run Chauvin found guilty as nation exhales US says Iran negotiations are 'positive' 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 BoltonTrump pushes back on Bolton poll Hillicon Valley: Facebook Oversight board to rule on Trump ban in 'coming weeks' | Russia blocks Biden Cabinet officials in retaliation for sanctions Russia blocks key Biden Cabinet officials from entering in retaliation for sanctions 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.


“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 AlexanderLamar AlexanderSenate GOP faces retirement brain drain The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation - CDC news on gatherings a step toward normality Blunt's retirement deals blow to McConnell inner circle 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.