John Dean — former White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon who was jailed for his role in the Watergate scandal — gave his thoughts on the firing of FBI director James Comey to The New Yorker.
Dean said that by firing Comey, President Donald Trump’s administration has “raised so many questions.” He continued, “how can you conclude anything but that Trump knows he’s got problems?”
And then: “Every move they make keeps signaling ‘coverup.’”
Dean is something of an expert on cover-ups himself. He served time in jail after he was found guilty for helping to orchestrate what became Watergate. For his role in the scandal that took down Nixon’s presidency, the FBI described Dean as the “master manipulator of the cover-up.”
His insights clash with Kellyanne Conway’s assertions to Anderson Cooper Tuesday night that the firing of Comey was “not a coverup.”
Dean also criticized the decision to fire Comey instead of asking him to resign, noting “Trump, I guess, always has to play the strong guy.”
The veteran saboteur then doled out some advice for the administration: “If they think they can influence the Russian investigation by removing Comey, they are naïve. I learned from my own experience that you can’t put in the fix by removing somebody.”
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