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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 BarrBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Two-thirds say the election was fair: poll The Hill's Morning Report - An inauguration like no other 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 HarrisSenators introduce bill to award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal An ally in the White House is good for abortion access, but not enough LeBron James says 'it would be great' for champion Lakers to visit Biden White House MORE's (D-Calif.) questioning of Barr during his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, during which she asked Barr if President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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.