John Dean suggests Barr lied to Congress: 'We are back in Nixonland!'

John Dean suggests Barr lied to Congress: 'We are back in Nixonland!'
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John Dean, former President Richard Nixon's White House counsel, suggested Wednesday that Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHolding defiant Trump witnesses to account, Jan. 6 committee carries out Congress's constitutional role Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official Appeals court questions Biden DOJ stance on Trump obstruction memo MORE lied to Congress during his testimony earlier in the day.

"Barr did more than stammer, I suspect. Maybe lie?" Dean tweeted. "[It] is difficult to imagine that Trump has not asked his AG to go after his enemies, like Hillary, and others."

"It feels to me like we are back in Nixonland!" 

Dean's comment came in reference to Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden cannot allow his domestic fumbles to transfer to the world stage Joe Manchin should embrace paid leave — now The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden defends disappointing jobs report MORE's (D-Calif.) questioning of Barr during his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, during which she asked Barr if President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE had asked him to launch investigations of anyone, to which Barr asked her to repeat the question. 

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Dean, who became a key witness for the prosecution in the Watergate scandal after he pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, shared a tweet from CNBC's John Harwood that read: "When @SenKamalaHarris asked Barr if Trump or WH aides had requested that he launch investigations of anyone, Barr stammered."

Barr faced questions from lawmakers on Wednesday about his handling of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE's report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In a line of questioning from Harris, a 2020 presidential candidate, Barr admitted that he did not review Mueller’s underlying evidence before concluding that Trump did not obstruct probes into Russian election meddling.

Pressure on Barr has risen after it was revealed Tuesday that Mueller expressed frustration to the attorney general about his four-page summary of the Russia probe sent to Congress in late March. 

Barr said Wednesday that he would not return for a planned Thursday testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee, after committee Democrats failed to reach a deal with the Justice Department on the format of the questioning.