WASHINGTON: White House counsel and Watergate star witness John Dean said he’ll be providing a House panel “some context” and comparison between investigations during President Richard Nixon’s administration and that of President Donald Trump.
Dean cooperated with prosecutors and helped bring down Nixon’s presidency. He told CNN he’ll tell the House Judiciary Committee on Monday “how strikingly like Watergate what we’re seeing now, as reported in the Mueller report, is.”
Dean said he’ll focus on the question of obstruction of justice in his testimony.
Special counsel Robert Mueller investigated Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and contacts with Trump’s campaign.
Mueller did not reach a determination on whether Trump tried to obstruct the probe by taking actions such as firing FBI Director James Comey. Mueller said charging the president with a crime was “not an option” because of federal rules.
Dean told CNN that Comey’s firing “was certainly not dissimilar from some of the actions Nixon took.”
In 1973, Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox, but Richardson refused and resigned.
Trump calls Mueller’s probe a “witch hunt.”
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