Jerry Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee opens its hearings with John Dean, disgraced former White House Counsel. Republicans should be thrilled.
John Dean is about to testify that Trump’s actions amount to an unlawful obstruction of justice. Jerry Nadler will invite Dean to explain how everything Trump did per the Mueller Report parallels something Richard Nixon did in connection with Watergate. Then Nadler will invite Dean to call for Trump to be impeached. I have no doubt John Dean will accept all of the invitations.
What is John Dean’s expertise? He knows no more about the inner workings of the Trump Administration than any other citizen who has read the Mueller Report. He does, however, know about political spying, criminality and covering up a criminal acts — unsuccessfully at least.
During the 1972 Presidential campaign, several private citizens who supported President Richard Nixon’s reelection bid were caught attempting to bug the DNC Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. Although President Nixon had nothing to do with the crime, he attempted to cover it up by using the agencies of government. For instance, he had the CIA hinder the FBI investigation, targeted reporters with wiretaps, he used the IRS to audit a political enemy, and he attempted to bribe people involved. John Dean, as White House Counsel, was the architect of the cover-up and was personally involved in destroying evidence. Dean jumped ship at some point, offering to testify against Nixon in return for a lenient jail sentence.
Since getting out of prison, John Dean has been a hero to progressives. He pretends now be a paragon of morals and ethics, attacking the GOP (but never Democrats) at every turn. According to Dean, George Bush and Dick Cheney were worse than Nixon and should have been impeached. And don’t get this worthless excuse for a lizard started on Donald Trump, whom he has attacked repeatedly since 2016. Eh, it’s sold books and gotten him some MSNBC gigs.
Why should Republicans be salivating at the chance to question Dean? Let me count the ways.
Nadler wants to pretend that Trump is a reincarnation of Dick Nixon in the White House. Fine. Here are some points to bring out in Dean’s testimony.