John Dean, the former White House counsel to Richard Nixon and a key figure in the Watergate scandal whom President Trump called a “sleazebag” on Sunday, is expected to be front and center on Capitol Hill on Monday, as House Democrats are set to begin a series of hearings this coming week seeking to keep the spotlight on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Although the week could end with Attorney General Bill Barr and former White House counsel Donald McGahn in contempt of Congress, no formal impeachment inquiry is on the table, and the way forward remains unclear. Prominent Democrats have continued to support the investigative “path” — in the words of Speaker Nancy Pelosi — that some of them publicly hoped would lead to that outcome. On Saturday, Hillary Clinton claimed that the Mueller report showed “obstruction of justice occurred,” days after Pelosi reportedly said she wanted to see Trump in “prison.”
Trump lashed out Sunday over the planned hearings and the appearance of Dean, also a CNN contributor. “For two years all the Democrats talked about was the Mueller Report, because they knew that it was loaded up with 13 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, later increased to 18. But despite the bias, when the Report came out, the findings were No Collusion and facts that led to… No Obstruction,” the president tweeted. He added that Democrats “want a Redo, or Do Over. They are even bringing in @CNN sleazebag attorney John Dean. Sorry, no Do Overs – Go back to work!”