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John Dean: Kushner’s ’pure blundering” is what turned the Russia collusion into Trump’s Watergate

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Former Richard Nixon White House counsel John Dean, a central character in the Watergate scandal, went on CNN on Friday to offer insight on the guilty plea by former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

“What is the bottom line tonight, John?” CNN anchor Erin Burnett asked.

“Well, this is a big deal, this is a very serious witness with insider knowledge going right to the president of the United States,” Dean answered.

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Dean also commented on the speculation that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was implicated by Flynn.

“We don’t know if it’s just Kushner that obviously is involved. It looks like there are more of a conspiracy here than just isolated incidents. They have not named that in any of the documents, but it’s implicit in what’s happening,” Dean, who served time in prison and was disbarred as an attorney for his role in Watergate, concluded.

“One point I’d like to make, is if you look at Watergate, Iran-Contra, the Lewinsky affair, a lot of the criminal activity is pure blundering and not necessarily carefully considered or thought out actions,” Dean observed.

Burnett asked for clarification on what he meant by conspiracy.

“I’m thinking, you know, consider a conspiracy to obstruct justice, such as two or more people agreeing to give a false story or to not report on their FS-86 forms all their contacts,” Dean answered.

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The FS-86 form is the name of the questionnaire required for national security positions.

“All these things can’t be a coincidence, yet they seem to be happening consistently across the board with this White House,” Dean explained. “So that suggests a conspiracy.”

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‘As bad as it gets’: GOP consultants have a secret admission about Trump — and a have a word of warning to ‘Lincoln Project’ Republicans

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Fox News and AM talk radio are full of GOP strategists and consultants who are happy to go on the air and recite pro-Trump talking points, but it’s often the anonymous quotes in outlets outside the right-wing bubble that offer insights on what Republicans are really thinking about President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. Never Trump conservative Tim Miller interviewed nine different GOP consultants for a Rolling Stone article published this week, and they candidly discussed Trump’s chances of winning a second term.

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On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper laid into President Donald Trump for his false narratives about the coronavirus pandemic.

"New modeling from the University of Washington today forecasts 208,000 people in this country may be dead of COVID-19 by Election Day," said Cooper. "Which the president still does not seem to think is all that bad. Because he is still repeating the same falsehoods as ever about testing and mortality, which fell for a while, but is once again sadly, sickeningly, ticking up."

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‘The lifetime of lies and hideous behavior is finally catching up’: Trump ghostwriter Tony Schwartz

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Art of the Deal ghostwriter/co-author Tony Schwartz isn't surprised by the facts included in the book about President Donald Trump by his niece. In fact, it only confirms what Schwartz said he discovered about Trump since they met.

While Schwartz said that he met Fred Trump Sr. in the late stages of Alzheimer's, he said that he learned about the elder Trump from his son, who "often acknowledged to me that [Fred Trump] was rough and tough and abusive and difficult. He wouldn't have used the word abusive because he wouldn't have been comfortable saying that, but it was the impression that I certainly took away."

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