A conservative political pundit says Democrats are clearly getting desperate, having dredged up a convicted felon from the Watergate scandal to attack President Donald Trump.
On Monday, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee trotted out disgraced former Nixon White House counsel John Dean (pictured) who said he sees "remarkable parallels" between Watergate and the findings outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Dean, who is an outspoken critic of Trump, said: "In many ways, the Mueller report is to President Trump what the so-called Watergate road map … was to President Richard Nixon." Dean added that Mueller "has provided this committee a road map."
Republicans on the panel refuted Dean's credibility, pointing out that for 45 years the CNN contributor has made a living off Watergate – a political scandal that he helped cover up. He became a key prosecution witness against Richard Nixon in the 1970s, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice, was disbarred, and held at a U.S. Army post near Baltimore for four months.
Robert Knight is a conservative activist and columnist for The Washington Times and OneNewsNow.
"This is a desperation move, dredging up John Dean to try to cast President Trump in the worst possible light and link him to Watergate in terms of political scandals. It's absurd," says the columnist. "John Dean is a weasel of the lowest order. He's what Vladimir Lenin used to call a 'useful idiot.'"
Knight says obviously the Democrats are using Dean to try to keep the impeachment drumbeat alive "absent any evidence of wrongdoing."
"If there was any wrongdoing covered up – a la Watergate – it's all the Democrats' wrongdoing," he argues. "Democrats have dirty hands from Hillary Clinton on down. That's the real scandal that needs to be uncovered."
Trump tweeted about Dean, saying: "Democrats just want a do-over, which they'll never get!" According to a Washington Post report, "several" Democrats – speaking anonymously – wondered why Dean was called at all and agreed with the GOP's assessment of the Dean testimony.