John Dean had many foolish moments when he was testifying on Monday in front of the House Judiciary Committee, but the most embarrassing moments arguably came when the former White House counsel was questioned by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
For those who don’t know, Dean is the former counsel to Richard Nixon. He gained fame after cooperating with authorities during the Watergate scandal and accusing Nixon of a coverup. He has no direct knowledge of the Mueller investigation, but House Dems just could not resist the urge to have a key Watergate figure comment on the Mueller investigation in a lame attempt to bring credibility to an investigation that came up with zilch against Trump.
Gaetz came in hard during his questioning by first bringing up an essay Dean wrote that accused George W. Bush of being worse than Nixon, an accusation he has also levied against Trump.
“Mr. Dean, how many presidents have you accused of being Richard Nixon?” asked Gaetz.
Dean then proudly said he wrote a “very successful” book about how George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were worse than Nixon. Gaetz said Dean seems to have created quite a “cottage industry” out of accusing people of comparing politicians to Nixon, including scoring a commentary gig on CNN.
“How much money do you make from CNN?” Gaetz asked, cutting through the fat of the day.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) jumped in to defend Dean, as he did many times on Monday. Nadler objected to the question.
Gaetz then rightly accused Dean of “exploiting” his time with Nixon for his own “monetary gain.”
Dean then jumped on his high horse and told Gaetz that he was “not born at the time that this all happened,” as if that somehow disqualified the congressman from questioning Dean about his motivations. Dean also said most of his career choices were not “by choice.”
“Who forced you to accuse George W. Bush of being Richard Nixon?” said Gaetz, not buying into the political talk.
After a runaround answer from Dean, Gaetz suggested bringing in a Ouija board to bring back Nixon, the “Ghost of Christmas Past,” since he’s all anybody could talk about during a hearing that has nothing to do with him.
Gaetz then went into a fiery rant against House Democrats looking to go after the president without proof of any of the crimes they have accused him of. He called the idea of Trump colluding with Russia a “complete fiction.” He also told Dems to “get your act together.”
Asked by Nadler to respond to Gaetz, Dean folded and called the congressman’s rant a “speech.” He also said that he did not have “adequate time” to respond, which is strange because Nadler was already giving him extra time to respond to Gaetz.
As ridiculous as the political theater of these Mueller hearings is, some lawmakers have stood up and shown that they are exhausting themselves in an attempt to bring common sense to a Congress that is quickly and dangerously being infected by Trump Derangement Syndrome.
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