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Former White House counsel John Dean describes parallels between Trump, Nixon

11 June 2019

The Democratic leadership has to date refused to initiate impeachment proceedings for fear that they would bring to the surface an unprecedented crisis of constitutional rule in America, to which Trump might respond by appealing to his fascistic base and the military brass to resist arms in hand. But he said that in any event Trump could not have been charged because a Justice Department policy prohibits filing criminal charges against sitting presidents.

"I did make the point that when I worked at that committee many years ago, they actually accomplished things because the Republicans crossed the aisle ... we accomplished things like amending the '64 civil rights act, the voting rights act of '65, the 18-year-old vote and the 25th Amendment", Dean said.

Contempt of Congress proceedings against Attorney General William Barr are suspended for the time being following news that the Department of Justice has reached a subpoena compliance agreement with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.

"If the Department proceeds in good faith and we are able to obtain everything that we need, then there will be no need to take further steps", Nadler warns the department. "If important information is held back, then we will have no choice but to enforce our subpoena in court and consider other remedies".

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McGahn was a key witness for Mueller, but has declined to testify before congressional committees, complying with the wishes of the White House.

Nadler said in his statement he would give the justice department time to comply.

McGahn is in "a particularly Fvulnerable situation" as a private person no longer employed by the government, Jeffries said. "He should begin to co-operate immediately or face the consequences".

Mueller wrote in his report that there was not enough evidence to establish a conspiracy between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the election.

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"Don McGahn, voluntarily and with the president's approval, already met with Robert Mueller in a report that is now public and they are asking him to testify on issues he has already disclosed information on", Rossi said.

Appearing on CNN, Dean said he would draw comparisons in his testimony between actions documented in the Mueller report and the Watergate scandal. In fact, Dean, a convicted felon, has repeatedly charged that past Republican presidencies, including Reagan, Bush, and now Trump, are "worse than Watergate". He pointed to the way the presidents used their pardoning power in an attempt to influence witness testimony, and tried to to seize control of the investigation and direct the efforts of prosecutors.

White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, speaking to the same conference later Tuesday, expressed skepticism that Pelosi was "done" with Trump. He added his oft-repeated claim of "No Collusion - No Obstruction!" Both have defied congressional subpoenas related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"Did you actually say that, did you actually say that the President, you'd rather see him in prison, ?"

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Former White House counsel John Dean describes parallels between Trump, Nixon