By Steve Neavling
Carl Bernstein, the Washington Post reporter who helped expose the Watergate scandal under President Nixon, is skeptical that Donald Trump will agree to an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller because of the president’s “compulsive, continual lying.”
“I think many of us will believe it when we see him sit down with Mueller. Look, we have no reason to believe almost anything that [Trump] says. What is so extraordinary about him and his presidency is the incessant, compulsive, continual lying,” Bernstein said on CNN .
“We’ve never had a president who lies like this, certainly in the modern era. Even Nixon,” he added.
Bernstein’s comments follow news that Mueller, who is investigating Trump, his campaign and Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, wants a sit-down interview with Trump, who boasted two weeks ago that he has nothing to hide and will answer questions under oath.
But White House officials, including his attorneys, are urging the president to avoid the interview because they fear he will lie and be charged with perjury.
Trump has not yet made a final decision on the interview, which has not been scheduled yet.