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Will the Watergate sequel have the same ending?

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11.06.2019

Pull up your bell bottoms, slip on your clogs, and turn up the Roberta Flack: Today, we’re gonna testify like it’s the 1970s.

“Did you ever convey an order to break into the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate Hotel?” asked Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.).

“What was the Saturday Night Massacre?” asked Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.).

“Early on in the Nixon coverup, you told Nixon there was a cancer on the presidency,” observed Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.).

And there at the witness table sat none other than John Dean, White House counsel to President Richard Nixon during Watergate, who did prison time and lost his law license for his role in the coverup.

Forty-six summers ago, Dean broke with Nixon in testimony before Sam Ervin’s Senate Watergate committee, propelling Nixon down the path toward impeachment. Now a cable-news pundit and scold of misbehavior by (Republican) presidents, Dean returned to Capitol Hill on Monday to draw parallels between Nixon and President Trump.

“The last time I appeared before your committee was July 11, 1974, during the impeachment inquiry of President Richard Nixon,” he told members of the House Judiciary Committee. Now 80, his thin white hair replacing the boyish mane and narrow readers replacing his owlish spectacles of yore, Dean slouched over the witness table, connecting dots from the Watergate Hotel to Trump Tower.

Dean drew parallels between the falsehoods told by Trump officials and those told by John Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman and John........

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