Trump Blasts CNN and ‘Sloppy’ Carl Bernstein Over Disputed Story: ‘Caught in a Major Lie’

“CNN stands by our reporting and our reporters. There may be many fools in this story but @carlbernstein is not one of them,” network responds

Last Updated: August 29, 2018 @ 7:32 PM

Donald Trump attacked both Carl Bernstein and CNN, calling the veteran reporter “sloppy” for what Trump said was a “major lie” in a recent article.

“CNN is being torn apart from within based on their being caught in a major lie and refusing to admit the mistake,” the president tweeted Wednesday. “Sloppy , a man who lives in the past and thinks like a degenerate fool, making up story after story, is being laughed at all over the country! Fake News.”

In a statement CNN said it continued to stand by its reporting, adding: “There may be many fools in this story but @carlbernstein is not one of them.”

Bernstein, who now works for CNN, was one of three reporters who wrote a bombshell CNN report in late July.

The article, citing several unnamed sources, said that the president’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was prepared to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump had advance knowledge of the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign — which would contradict the president’s previous statements.

CNN’s story received fresh attention this week after Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis said that he was a source for the story and walked back his account.

In a second tweet on Wednesday night, Trump quoted Fox News’ Bret Baier on that very point. “Oh well, so much for CNN saying it wasn’t Lanny,” the president tweeted — though the network never made such a claim or commented on who was or wasn’t a source.

CNN has consistently said it stands by the story, and that the report was based on accounts from more than just one source.

“No wonder their ratings are so low, it’s FAKE NEWS!” Trump concluded.