Nixon lawyer John Dean: 'I never feared for my country during Watergate -- I fear for our democracy now'
John Dean, Former White House Counsel for United States President Richard Nixon (Photo: Screen capture)

On Thursday, CNN's Don Lemon had a panel with veteran journalist Carl Bernstein and John Dean, the former White House Counsel for President Richard Nixon. The two men agreed that President Donald Trump's reaction to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 has been "worse than Watergate."


"This is worse than Watergate because the system worked in Watergate," Bernstein said. "Republicans pursued the truth unlike Republicans on Capitol Hill today who have provided cover for Donald Trump to coverup in whatever has occurred here... So that's the first big difference between why this is worse than Watergate."

Dean said that he fears for the country every day.

"I think we're beyond that," Dean said. "You think we're seeing a coverup right now? I think we're still in the middle of it, and I never feared for the country during Watergate. I fear for the country and I fear for our democracy right now. I have a knot in my stomach ever since Donald Trump won the election."

Dean said President Trump's incompetency is working in American's favor.

"In fact, it's Trump's incompetency right now that I take comfort in," Dean said. "He doesn't know how to use the powers of the presidency the way Nixon did. [He] was a student of the presidency, who had been in Congress, who studied the president before he became president."

He continued: "He knew where the levers were and how to work them. Trump hasn't figured that out yet."

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