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Watergate’s John Dean: Comey memos are the ‘smoking gun’ that could bring down Trump like Nixon

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Speaking on CNN, former Nixon aide John Dean told host Wolf Blitzer that the existence of fired FBI Director James Comey’s memos of his and President Donald Trump’s conversation is “a direct parallel to what was in the ‘smoking gun tape.'”

Dean, whose testimony about Nixon’s cover-up of the Watergate break-ins were a key part of the impeachment proceedings that lead to the president’s resignation, has been regularly consulted since Trump fired Comey last week as commentators drew comparisons to Comey’s firing and Nixon’s ‘Saturday night massacre’ firing of the Watergate special prosecutor.

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During the segment, Blitzer asked Dean if Trump’s insistence that Flynn was a “good guy” as justification for asking Comey to end the investigation would have any bearing on potential impeachment proceedings.

“That didn’t work during Watergate,” Dean said, “where good motives would somehow erase criminal intent. Juries didn’t buy those kinds of arguments.”

Watch Dean’s entire segment below, via CNN.


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Trump mounts sexist attack on Pelosi during impeachment hearing: ‘I think the woman is grossly incompetent’

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President Donald Trump attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from the White House on Tuesday.

As impeachment testimony was underway in the House, Trump told reporters in a Cabinet meeting that Pelosi is "grossly incompetent."

The president also said that Republicans are "killing it" in the impeachment hearings.

But Trump took a shot at Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an expert on Ukraine who was testifying at the time.

"I don't know him. ... I never saw the man," he said. "I understand now he wears his uniform when he goes in. No, I don't know Vindman at all. What I do know is that even he said that the transcript was correct."

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‘You ran out of a book signing!’ Donald Trump Jr torn to shreds for questioning Vindman’s heroism

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Donald Trump Jr. questioned the military service of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, and was sprayed with venom.

The president's eldest son posted a link to a Federalist article suggesting Vindman is not a dedicated military officer and public servant, a line of questioning which Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) also pursued during an impeachment hearing.

"Let’s Stop Pretending Every Impeachment Witness Is A Selfless Hero," Trump Jr. tweeted, quoting the piece's headline.

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‘I’m an American’: Lt Col Vindman laughs off GOP counsel’s attempts to question his loyalty

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman laughed off questions about an offer by a Ukrainian official to serve as that country's defense minister.

The Soviet-born Vindman, who emigrated to the U.S. as a child and later served in the Iraq War, agreed that a Ukrainian official had offered him the government position three times during an official visit for the inauguration of the country's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky.

"I don't know (why the position was offered), but every single time I dismissed it," Vindman said. "Upon returning I notified my chain of command and the appropriate counter-intelligence folks about the offer."

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