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Mueller has Trump 'cornered,' Carl Bernstein says

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 12/9/2018 Naomi Lim
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Special counsel Robert Mueller is closing in on President Trump, according to a journalist who helped expose wrongdoing by former President Richard Nixon that helped lead to the only White House resignation in history.

CNN's Carl Bernstein, who with Washington Post colleague Bob Woodward in the early 1970s broke a series of key stories on Watergate, on Sunday cited a recent sentencing memo regarding Michael Cohen, Trump's former fixer. That could prompt impeachment proceedings against the president, Bernstein said. Federal prosecutors in New York filed the document last week.

"[But] there's something much more important than just impeachment going on, and that is the fact that Donald Trump for the first time in his life is cornered," Bernstein said on CNN's "Reliable Sources". "As a businessman, he always could bully his way out of a corner, he always could buy his way out, cheat his way out. He is boxed in by [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller and the people around him know that he is."

Cohen, who was also Trump's longtime personal attorney, pleaded guilty in August to a range of charges. That included two related to efforts made ahead of the 2016 election to silence two women, including porn star Stormy Daniels, about their alleged extramarital affairs with the president more than a decade ago. The case by the U.S. attorney's office in the Southern District of New York case emanated from a referral by Mueller.

Prosecutors there on Friday recommended Cohen spend a "substantial" amount of time in prison. The court documents also assert that Cohen told prosecutors he had committed the crimes concerning the women "in coordination with and at the direction of individual one," who is widely believed to be Trump.

Cohen last week also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump real estate project in Moscow as part of Mueller's ongoing federal Russia investigation.

"It's on the question of collusion, possible collusion with Russia, and unquestionably a massive obstruction of justice that is now demonstrable for all to see, led by the president of the United States to cover up whatever the dealings of himself, his family, his aides were with Russia," Bernstein said Sunday. "We don't know what those dealings were in detail, but it's clear that Mueller is now connecting the dots between a massive obstruction intended to hide the truth about the Trump campaign, Trump, his business organization, and his family, from the investigators. "

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