Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame says President Trump is hatching a nefarious plot to challenge the results of the midterm elections if Democrats win control of the House or the Senate.
The journalist made the claim Friday on CNN, saying he has sources that tell him Trump has mentioned running a chaos campaign if Republicans lose in November.
"I talked to people ... in touch with the White House on Friday who believe that, if the congressional midterms are very close and the Democrats were to win by five or seven seats, that Trump is already talking about how to throw legal challenges into the courts, sow confusion, declare a victory actually, and say that the election's been illegitimate," Bernstein said.
"That is really under discussion in the White House," he added.
Bernstein went on to say that Trump "uses lying and untruth as a basic method to promote his policies, his beliefs, and his way of approaching the American people and engaging with the world."
Bernstein, though, is not known for the accuracy of his sources lately. In August, Trump hit CNN and Bernstein for its erroneous report that he knew in advance of a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between several people connected to Trump and a Russian lawyer. The story, written in part by the former Washington Post reporter, used anonymous sources, but Lanny Davis, attorney for Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, later came out to refute the CNN piece (for which he was reportedly the main source).
"CNN is being torn apart from within based on their being caught in a major lie and refusing to admit the mistake. Sloppy @carlbernstein, 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," Trump wrote on Twitter.