John Dean: Trump makes Watergate look like ‘a brief idyllic daydream’
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Former President Nixon's White House counsel, John Dean, delivered a sharp public rebuke of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE, calling him “evil.”

Dean tweeted early Sunday that Trump makes the “long nightmare” of Watergate “seem like a brief idyllic daydream.”

“History will treat Nixon’s moral failures as relatively less troubling than Trump’s sustained and growing decadence, deviousness and self-delusive behavior,” Dean said. “Nixon=corrupt; Trump=evil.”

The former White House counsel became a key prosecution witness during the Watergate scandal after pleading guilty to one count of obstruction of justice.


Dean has criticized Trump before, but his comments have largely focused on the special counsel investigation and possible legal troubles plaguing the Trump administration.

In August, Dean tweeted that then-White House counsel Don McGahn was “doing right!” by cooperating with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE in the Russia investigation.

He followed that up by hitting Trump directly, saying that he doubts the president had “ANY IDEA what McGahn has told Mueller.”

Dean also told Trump: “I still have trouble using the title Mr. President for someone installed by Putin.”

His new comments come just two days before the midterm elections, and days after a week of political violence that had many Trump opponents doubling down on their criticism of the president's rhetoric and attacks on the media and Democrats.