In any other presidency, this tape would be evidence enough to result in the impeachment of the President of the United States, his conviction in the Senate of the United States, and rally an immediate call by the members of Congress — including of his own party — that he resign immediately. — Carl Bernstein
In any other presidency, this tape would be evidence enough to result in the impeachment of the President of the United States, his conviction in the Senate of the United States, and rally an immediate call by the members of Congress — including of his own party — that he resign immediately. — Carl Bernstein
Carl Bernstein says Trump's call asking a Georgia official to help him overturn Biden's win is 'worse than Watergate'
  • Carl Bernstein, whose reporting on Watergate led to Richard Nixon's resignation, appeared on CNN Sunday to discuss a call between President Trump and the Georgia secretary of state.
  • Trump asked Brad Raffensperger Georgia to "find" more votes to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win of the state.
  • Comparing his evidence against Nixon to the new audio, Bernstein said Trump's call was "far worse" and "the ultimate smoking gun."
  • He said that "in any other presidency" it would be enough to bring about impeachment.
Carl Bernstein, who helped expose President Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal, says President Donald Trump's attempts to pressure a Georgia official to overturn the presidential election is "far worse."

... During an appearance on CNN on Sunday, Bernstein was asked if the tape gave him déjà vu from Watergate — in which it was revealed that President Nixon ordered a break-in to steal campaign secrets from the Democratic National Committee's headquarters.

"It's not déjà vu. This is something far worse than occured in Watergate," Bernstein said.

Bernstein described the tape as "the ultimate smoking gun" that shows what Trump "is willing to do to undermine the electoral system and illegally, improperly, and immorally try to instigate a coup."

"In any other presidency, this tape would be evidence enough to result in the impeachment of the President of the United States, his conviction in the Senate of the United States, and really an immediate call by the members of Congress — including of his own party — that he resign immediately.

"That's really what we ought to be hearing at the moment." ... Bernstein said it was unlikely that Republicans would turn on Trump over the news, and said that was one of the biggest contrasts to Watergate. "The one thing we should recall from Watergate is that the heroes of Watergate were Republicans who would not tolerate Richard Nixon's conduct," Bernstein said.