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Reich writes: "John Dean, the former White House counsel to President Richard Nixon, testified before Congress today, making 6 key comparisons between what was revealed in the Mueller Report and the Watergate investigations."

Robert Reich. (photo: Getty)
Robert Reich. (photo: Getty)

The 6 Key Similarities Between the Mueller Report and Watergate

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Facebook Page

12 June 19


ohn Dean, the former White House counsel to President Richard Nixon, testified before Congress today, making 6 key comparisons between what was revealed in the Mueller Report and the Watergate investigations. Dean explains that both Nixon and Trump both:

1) Tried to shut down the investigations completely.

2) Fired key investigators in an attempt to stop the investigation.

3) Tried to cover up their efforts to stop the investigation.

4) Sought to control investigators by ordering aides to interfere in their work.

5) Dangled presidential pardons to influence key witnesses.

6) Limited the release of key evidence to Congress and the public.

Folks, the historic parallels are clear. Trump and Nixon both sought to obstruct justice and place themselves above the law. What do you think?

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+25 # Astoriapepe 2019-06-12 10:14
There is no worse blind person than the one who doesn't want to see.
-33 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-12 12:18
Let's see, six key reasons to keep beating a dead horse.

I listened to John Dean making this same point at a congressional hearing on Tuesday. Dean has been milking this story now for 45 years.
+6 # Texas Aggie 2019-06-12 13:32
And that means what exactly, other than just being a childish reason not to stay up and watch TV.
-9 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-13 07:21
It means we should not making stupid comparisons between Nixon and Trump. Reich invokes Nixon in order to manipulate his readers. Trump's case needs to stand or fall on its own terms. If congress has discovered an impeachable offense, it should start the process. But it is pretty clear that congress is not going to start the process, so therefore it much not have squat.

As was pointed out at the congressional hearing where John Dean testified, he's tried to make the claim that every president since Nixon should have been impeached because they were all "just like Nixon." He makes a ton of money recycling this pointless story. But some Americans like Reich just can't resist it.
+6 # lfeuille 2019-06-12 21:17
It's a good story. One that everyone who cares about good government should remember and Dean is especially articulate in telling it. Keep it up Mr. Dean. Nixon was a criminal and Trump is a worse criminal.
+8 # revhen 2019-06-13 20:06
You keep defending an obviously crooked person, a failure as a businessman who fleeced other now the same as president.
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-14 12:34
rev -- I'm actually not defending Trump. I agree with you he is a crooked and corrupt person and businessman.

What I'm doing is insisting on some honesty and self-consciousn ess among democrats or at least the left wing of the democratic party, as Reich has sometimes pretended to be.

We can't change the republicans or Trump. Criticizing them is OK and important but it is much more important to critique ourselves.

Reich is just dishonest in this article. This is not a Nixon Watergate affair. The truth is that the corrupt Hillary campaign spied on the Trump campaign and worked with the CIA, FBI, DOJ, and several foreign intelligence agencies to do that. Trump is a bad man, but his campaign was the victim of democratic party dirty tricks.

We as democrats need to own up to that and never do it again. We need to get these corrupt people out of the democratic party. We need to campaign on issues that Americans really care about. We need to be effective legislators and pass laws that really do help Americans. Sander is a very good role model. He stays away from the dishonesty of people like Reich -- who supported Hillary with all his strength.

If we as democrats were a lot better, we'd hold the majority of elected offices. We can't beat the republicans in corruption, election rigging, or any of that sort. We can beat them on the issues.
-33 # BKnowswhitt 2019-06-12 12:29
There are no resemblances. And the redacted stuff holds no hidden 'smoking gun' those in the know Know that.
+18 # Texas Aggie 2019-06-12 14:30
The judgment of a climate change denier is open to question. Normal people know that.
-5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-13 14:06
The six points Reich mentions are really not what Watergate was about. They only deal with the cover up that followed the substantive acts which are named "Watergate." Those were -

1. use of "off the books" campaign funds for political expenses.

2. break-in of the Democratic headquarters office to steal campaign documents.

3. surveillance of democratic candidates and other associated with the campaign.

4. bugging of phones of many people including Daniel Ellsberg.

Trump did none of these things but the Hillary campaign did them all and on a much bigger scale than Nixon did. Nixon used FBI and CIA operatives for his dirty work, and so did Hillary. Hillary also used foreign intelligence assets.

So if Reich wants to invoke Watergate, he should be careful. The finger points to Hillary and not to Trump.

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