Carl Bernstein, of Watergate reporting notoriety, was on CNN last night and tried his best to keep the Trump/Russia “collusion” narrative alive for another day. In the process, Bernstein said this of what we know about the Mueller investigation so far:
Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe: “We are seeing evidence of a conspiracy. Who was witting, unwitting in that conspiracy, we don’t know yet. But Mueller's indictments are pointing in a certain direction" https://t.co/o6E0sevUUz pic.twitter.com/RXkCBug80R
— CNN (@CNN) February 17, 2018
People involved in a conspiracy “unwittingly”?
If it's unwitting it isn't a conspiracy
That's what conspire means https://t.co/z0KzJK83fo
— Jim Treacher is a dumb pseudonym (@jtLOL) February 17, 2018
Bernstein was really working for an angle there but tripped over reality:
This is a joke. The mens rea of conspiracy is intent. You can’t “unwittingly” be involved in a conspiracy, because conspiring by definition implies knowledge of one’s circumstances and an intent to accomplish a certain thing. https://t.co/gpczhzO9fD
— James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) February 17, 2018
I'm not trained in the law but I'm pretty sure conspiracy requires intent https://t.co/ObZ2rktQpI
— DaveinTexas (@DaveinTexas) February 17, 2018
"Who was witting, unwitting in that conspiracy, we don’t know yet."
Talk about trying to stretch reality AND language. You can't be an 'unwitting' part of a 'conspiracy', because words actually mean things … even when you don't like the people you're discussing. #cripes https://t.co/N9Ss9iB7ug
— Cruadin (@cruadin) February 17, 2018
This sentence is a bunch of meaningless mumbo-jumbo. https://t.co/abBwq9rvHx
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) February 17, 2018
Don’t bother Bernstein, he’s got a narrative to try and help keep alive!