John Dean: Trump is Nixon on steroids

John Dean, who served as White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon during Watergate, said President Trump has already exceeded everything Nixon did and is engaged in a "public obstruction of justice."

Posted: Mar. 21, 2018 5:45 PM
Updated: Mar. 21, 2018 5:45 PM

John Dean, who served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon during Watergate, said Monday that President Donald Trump has engaged in a "very public obstruction of justice."

"He (Trump), as I see it, has already exceeded everything that Nixon did," said Dean, who is also a CNN contributor, on Anderson Cooper's "AC360." "He's really much more intimately involved than Nixon ever was in the cover-up."

Trump lashed out at special counsel Robert Mueller's team over the weekend, as well as former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI Director James Comey, raising fresh speculation the President could seek to fire Mueller. The White House publicly denied Sunday that Trump would do so.

Trump on Monday continued his Twitter attack on Mueller, calling the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election a "witch hunt."

"A total WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!" Trump tweeted. He has frequently slammed the probe as a "witch hunt," dismissing it as a frivolous investigation launched by his political enemies seeking to delegitimize his election victory.

Trump has previously accused Mueller's investigative team as being politically biased, pointing to some of the lawyers who have donated to Democrats over the years. Over the weekend, he said the team has "13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans."

When asked by Cooper to reaffirm the comparison, Dean replied, "Trump is Nixon on steroids and stilts."

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