John Dean; Witness For The Prosecution

John Dean; Witness For The Prosecution

John Dean; Witness For The Prosecution

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) will begin his impeachment show trial on Monday, June 10, 2019. Every major and minor news organization is reporting that his star witness will be former White House Counsel to President Nixon, and Watergate Impeachment Hearings hero, John Dean. Dean is a CNN contributor and dislikes not only President Donald Trump, but also former President George W. Bush. If the impeachment show trial wasn’t enough of an assault on the American public, this witness for the prosecution cranks it to eleven.

For those who are not aware, “Witness for the Prosecution” is an Agatha Christie story. A man is accused of murder and his cold wife manipulates everyone as a witness for the prosecution and gets him acquitted. I see John Dean as a master manipulator, especially in his role as witness for the prosecution with Jerrold Nadler. Dean has been manipulating everyone since 1973 and maybe before.

I was a young girl when Dean testified before the Watergate Committee in 1973. While Dean testified, his gorgeous and glamorous wife, Maureen Dean, sat behind him. I believe this was a first, but back then, most hearings were not televised. Maureen Dean was so stunning that I have no idea what her husband said. This was a manipulation of the American public by both John and Maureen Dean. Watch for yourself and see what you think:

Right? John Dean agreed to testify before the Watergate Committee in exchange for a light prison sentence. When he pleaded guilty in October of 1973, it was for only one crime. Here is the report from the New York Times:

John W. Dean 3d, the former counsel to President Nixon, pleaded guilty today to plotting to cover up the truth about the Watergate break‐in.

He made his plea as part of a bargain with the special Watergate prosecutor, Archibald Cox, under which Dean agreed to be a prosecution witness in future proceedings against alleged participants in the cover‐up — including, potentially, against President Nixon.

What were the crimes with which Mr. Dean had been charged? From the same article:

Judge Sirica read the formal charges. The conspiracy to thwart the investigation, the judge read, was carried out in various ways, as follows:

¶Suborning perjury.

¶Giving false statements and concealing evidence in the trial before Judge Sirica last winter of the men arrested in the break‐in.

¶Offering clemency to the defendants.

¶Paying to keep the arrested men silent (James F. Neal, the assistant prosecutor largely responsible for the Dean case, later put the payments at $450,000).

¶Asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation for information.

¶Attempting to get the Central Intelligence Agency to provide the money for the payments.

In furtherance of the conspiracy, Judge Sirica continued reading, Dean had committed six specific “overt acts”: on or about June 27, 1972, he directed G. Gordon Liddy to tell E. Howard Hunt Jr. to leave the United States; he had asked Gen. Vernon A. Walters, the deputy director of the C.I.A., whether the C.I.A. could use covert funds to pay the bail and salaries of those involved in the Watergate break‐in; he had asked the President’s former private attorney,. Herbert W. Kalmbach, to raise funds with which to make payments to the Watergate defendants; he had met with Jeb Stuart Magruder of the campaign staff to help Magruder prepare “false, deceptive and misleading testimony” to give the grand jury; he had asked John C. Caulfield to offer executive clemency to James W. McCord, Jr., another of the original defendants, and he had asked L. Patrick Gray 3d, former acting director of the F.B.I., for reports of information gained in the investigation break‐in.

If Dean hadn’t copped a plea, he would probably still be in jail today, where he belongs. Now that I am a grown up woman with a sense of history and (slightly) less moved by a glamorous exterior, I wonder if John Dean was “singing or composing” back then, to quote Alan Dershowitz.

Mr. Dean continues to be his arrogant, manipulative self with this tweet today:

John Dean Tweet

Manipulate much, Mr. Dean? Uninterested in government or policy? Maybe you were so busy polishing your image, you missed the visit with Queen Elizabeth II, the D-day Ceremony, or the deal with Mexico late Friday. Oh, and um, didn’t Donald Trump golf on Saturday, which I believe most people consider to be exercise.

John Dean, witness for the prosecution, is an arrogant, manipulative, hero of the Deep State. I rest my case.

Photo Credit: Oliver F. Atkins, 1916-1977, Photographer (NARA record: 8451334) – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration/Public Domain

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  • DonM says:

    My limited understanding is that the burgLars were arrested with address books from the DNA in their pockets, which had contact information for Mrs. DEAN. The burglary being ordered by Mr. Dean to cover up her work as an escort for the DNC. I think a book on the subject was published.

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