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Trump 'Concerned' for 'First Time in His Life,' Watergate Journalist Says Impeachment Hearings Look Likely

Donald Trump is getting worried for the “first time in his life,” one of the legendary journalists who help exposed the scandal that led to former President Richard Nixon’s resignation has warned.

Carl Bernstein, who worked with Bob Woodward in the 1970s to uncover the Watergate scandal, appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday to discuss the allegations against Trump revealed through a sentencing memo written by federal prosecutors for the president’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen. The document, which references Trump as “Individual 1,” says that the president led the criminal conspiracy to pay off two women with whom he allegedly had extramarital affairs.

“It certainly looks like they are the kind of offenses that would call for impeachment hearings into the conduct of the president of the United States,” Bernstein told host Brian Stelter. “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,” he said.

The journalist pointed out that the former businessman “always could bully his way out of a corner” when he was managing his private company. “He always could buy his way out, cheat his way out. He is boxed in by Mueller, and the people around him know that he is,” Bernstein pointed out.

Thus far, thirty-three people and three companies have been indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential election. None have been charged for colluding with Russia, but various other crimes have been uncovered in the ongoing probe. Mueller’s final report is expected soon, and the most recent allegations have led many politicians to suggest the president could be impeached, or even criminally indicted and jailed.

GettyImages-1069509730 President Donald Trump arrives back at the White House on December 7 in Washington, DC Mark Wilson/Getty Images

“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,” Bernstein suggested.

Addressing whether or not Mueller’s final report would allege collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign, Bernstein pointed out that the president and those around him have repeatedly lied about their connections to Moscow.

“The most important lies told by Trump, told by his son, told by his campaign ads, told by Flynn, told by Manafort, you can go on and on, they’re all about Russia,” the journalist explained. “Why is this if there’s no collusion, if there’s nothing there, if there’s nothing to investigate?"

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