“The White House is in cover-up mode,” the former White House counsel to President Nixon who was charged for helping cover up the Watergate scandal told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Monday night.
“There’s just never been any question in my mind about that,” John Dean said. “I’ve been inside a cover-up. I know how they look and feel. And every signal they’re sending is: ‘We’re covering this thing up,'” he added.
Dean’s remarks came after he was asked about the administration’s response to ongoing investigations of Russian ties and Trump’s wiretapping accusations.
“Experienced investigators know this. They know how people react when they’re being pursued, and this White House is not showing their innocence, they’re showing how damn guilty they are, is what we’re seeing,” he said.
During testimony given to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence earlier, FBI Director James Comey testified that his agency is investigating links between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government and their possible collusion to tilt the 2016 elections in Trump’s favor.
He also categorically debunked Trump’s assertion, first made on Twitter, that former “President Obama had wiretapped him at Trump Tower.”
John Dean said the White House’s decision to distance itself from the testimony signals a “cover-up.”
Dean, who was charged with obstruction of justice during Watergate, said he is concerned Trump is getting close to obstructing justice and could do so in the future.
“There’s also the question of whether this White House will obstruct, essentially, an investigation. You now have the head of the FBI with a target painted on its back, the front-line investigators with targets painted on their backs; you have a U.S. attorney the president said he was going to retain who has been summarily fired in Preet Bharara, and it strikes me that there is in some ways a kind of obstruction land mine … that the entirety of the White House now has to tip-toe through.”
Last week, Trump fired Bharara, a U.S. attorney for New York, after previously saying he could stay on during his administration. Reports later emerged that Bharara was investigating Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price prior to being fired.
After the election, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security released a joint report detailing how federal investigators linked the Russian government to hacks of Democratic Party organizations.
Earlier today, in a desperate attempt to shield Trump from the investigation, White House senior counselor Kellyanne CONway said “the president doesn’t know the campaign advisers” who are under investigation for their alleged ties to Russia.
Conway claims that Carter Page, a former campaign foreign policy adviser, and J.D. Gordon, who served as a Trump’s national security adviser, were “fringe players” whom Trump doesn’t know personally.
“He doesn’t know these gentlemen. He didn’t work with them,” Conway said.
Of course, in Trump’s world of ‘alternative facts’, getting to the truth is always a challenge. However, the drums of impeachment are sounding stronger by the hour.