Carl Bernstein: Unlike Watergate, GOP “have not shown that they are interested” in truth of Russian interference in US elections

Bernstein: “They’ve been more interested in blindly supporting and defending the president”

From the June 8 edition of CNN’s New Day:

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CHRIS CUOMO (CO-HOST): Carl, what is your take from those who say, “Well, it’s not Watergate. There was an underlying crime there. This is different, this is just about politics.” What’s your guidance?

CARL BERNSTEIN: I don't think that's the important question in comparison or differences. I think what we're seeing is that Comey has produced what looks on its face to be a devastating portrait of what occurred, some suggestions of obstruction and abuse of authority. And at the same time, he hasn't been before the committee yet where he can be questioned and his evidence, or whatever you want to call it, is subject to impeachment of his veracity, et cetera, et cetera. But more than that, we are very, very early in the process. Nowhere near where we were in Watergate after John Dean testified, for example. And the other great difference here, aside from the fact we need to know how all of this relates to the Russia investigation. The president is entitled to get before both Mueller's investigation and before the Congress, his version of events. We need to do that in fairness and not jump to a lot of conclusions yet. But more important are the Republicans. The difference so far between Watergate and what we're seeing here is that the Republicans in Congress have not shown that they are interested in getting to the bottom of what happened with the Russians and our elections, that they’ve been more interested in blindly supporting and defending the president instead of trying to get to the truth. And there’s a huge difference. In Watergate, the Republicans joined in a consensus of we need to get to the bottom of this.


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