‘Nobody died at Watergate’: John Dean says Trump’s insurrection is ‘much more serious’
Pro-Trump protesters seen inside Capitol building as they enter in through broken windows. (lev radin / Shutterstock.com)

Convicted felon and former Nixon White House counsel John Dean argued that Donald Trump is far more dangerous than his former boss during a Friday interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"Watching these current hearings nearly 50 years after your own testimony helped bring down President Nixon, do you fear what is going on now, what has happened, is actually worse than Watergate?" Blitzer asked.

"Multiple times worse, Wolf," Dean replied.

Dean pleaded guilty to a single count of obstruction of justice in exchange for his testimony and lost his license to practice law.

"Nobody died at Watergate. You didn't have an insurrection at Watergate," he explained. "You didn't have the same kind of direct threat to democracy unfolding in these hearings. This is much more serious."

Dean called upon Pat Cipollone, who held his old job, to testify before the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.

"We know from [Jared Kushner's] testimony that the threat to resignation is really treated as nothing but whining by the counsel's office. He needs to come forward now and stop aiding and abetting this threat to democracy," Dean said.

"In your view, is Trump more dangerous than Richard Nixon was, or is it about today's Republican party what's going on?" Blitzer asked.

"I think both the Republican Party is more dangerous and Donald Trump is a very different character than Richard Nixon. I think Richard Nixon showed that he actually had a conscience. He had the ability to experience shame. I don't think Donald Trump can do either, or show either. So that makes this president, the former president, a very dangerous man, and he is supported by a Republican Party that's decided it's okay to be openly authoritarian and forget that authoritarianism doesn't work well with democracy."


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