John Dean’s Watergate business model

John Dean’s Watergate business model
John Dean, then (Image via Wikipedia)

[Ed. – He’s made a career of comparing every GOP president to the one he went to prison for.]

With great fanfare Monday, House Judiciary Committee Democrats called John Dean as their kickoff witness in their drive to impeach President Trump. Mr. Dean served as President Nixon’s White House counsel from 1970-73. Welcome to the wayback machine.

For his role as what prosecutors called the “master manipulator” in the coverup of the Nixon campaign and administration’s ties to the Watergate break-in, Mr. Dean was convicted of obstructing justice, served four months in prison, and lost his law license.

In the 45 years since, Mr. Dean, now 80, has tried to transform himself into an intrepid truth teller, a righteous man cleaning out the Augean stables of Washington.

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Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler introduced the felon by declaring that the committee would “rely on the expertise of these witnesses to help draw our own conclusions about the findings of the special counsel.”

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Watergate had actual underlying crimes that involved Nixon, his campaign and members of his administration. … In the 2016 presidential election, by contrast, neither Mr. Trump, his campaign nor his aides conspired with the Russians to meddle with the election.

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