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Investigative journalist
Carl Bernstein.

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  • President Donald Trump attacked legendary
    Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein on Wednesday evening over a
    story about
    the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting
    he co-authored for
    CNN last month.
  • The July
    27 report
     cited unnamed sources who said Trump’s
    longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen,  asserted that Trump knew
    about the scheduled meeting before it happened.
  • That meeting included Trump campaign officials and a
    Russian lawyer
    who offered dirt on Trump’s then-Democratic presidential
    opponent, Hillary Clinton
    .
  • Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, revealed this week that
    he was one of CNN’s sources for the July 27 story, and also
    recanted his claim that Cohen would testify about Trump’s
    alleged foreknowledge of the Trump Tower meeting.
  • Trump sought to capitalize on the fallout by attacking
    Bernstein, calling him “sloppy” and a “degenerate
    fool.”
  • Bernstein hit back at Trump on Twitter. 

President Donald Trump attacked legendary Watergate reporter
Carl Bernstein on Wednesday evening over a story about
the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting
he co-authored for CNN
last month.

The July
27 report
 cited unnamed sources who said Trump’s
longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, asserted that Trump knew about
the scheduled meeting before it happened.

That June 2016 meeting included Trump campaign officials and a
Russian lawyer
who offered dirt on Trump’s then-Democratic presidential
opponent, Hillary Clinton
.

Trump’s camp has previously denied that Trump knew about the
meeting beforehand. Cohen also did not mention whether or not
Trump had prior knowledge of the 2016 meeting when he sat for
interviews with US lawmakers as part of the Russia
investigation. 

Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, revealed this week that he was one
of CNN’s sources for the July 27 story. He recanted his claim
that Cohen said Trump had foreknowledge of the meeting between
his campaign advisers and the Russian lawyer.

CNN says it stands by its reporting. Two employees
told Business Insider senior politics reporter Allan Smith

the network’s level of commitment to its story is “100%.”


carl bernstein
Carl
Bernstein (L) and former Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward
(R) and speak on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ July 17,
2005.

Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet
the Press


Trump sought to capitalize on the fallout by
attacking Bernstein
on Thursday evening, calling him “sloppy”
and a “degenerate fool.”

Bernstein
hit back at Trump
, saying “I have spent my life as a
journalist bringing the truth to light, through administrations
of both parties.”

“No taunt will diminish my commitment to that mission,
which is the essential role of a free press.
” 

Bernstein, along with fellow former Washington Post journalist
Bob Woodard, led much of the investigative reporting on the
Watergate scandal in the 1970s, resulting in numerous government
investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard
Nixon.

Bernstein now regularly contributes to CNN as a political
commentator.

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