White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayPsaki defends move to oust Trump appointees from military academy boards Defense & National Security: The post-airlift evacuation struggle Conway and Spicer fire back at White House over board resignation requests MORE slammed John Dean hours ahead of his testimony on the Mueller report, saying “they are picking lawyers from TV now.”
“It’s really something,” Conway told Fox News on Monday. “I’ve never been disbarred.”
Dean, a vocal Trump critic who served as White House counsel for former President Nixon, will be the central witness during Monday afternoon’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Dean was intimately involved in the Watergate cover-up, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice and served four months in prison for his role. His testimony to the Senate Watergate Committee in 1973 helped lead to Nixon’s resignation.
“I passed four state bars, never been disbarred,” Conway continued. “Never went to jail for obstruction of justice and don't plan on it.”
"Remember, he also tried to derail Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSenators denounce protest staged outside home of Justice Kavanaugh Why isn't Harris leading the charge against the Texas abortion law? Cori Bush introduces legislation aimed at expanding access to emergency rental assistance funds MORE's nomination,” Conway added. “He’s not a credible person."
Democrats say Dean is an ideal witness who has historical knowledge and context on obstruction of justice within the White House. Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuMcCarthy jokes it'll be hard not to 'hit' Pelosi with gavel if he is Speaker Court finds Democratic donor Ed Buck guilty of all charges in connection to two men's deaths Press: Give those unemployed writers a job! MORE (D-Calif.) of the House Judiciary Committee said Dean is “very immersed in what the actual procedures and laws are regarding issues of executive privilege, executive power versus congressional subpoenas.”
Republicans, on the other hand, see Dean’s involvement as political theater in an investigation that’s long been closed. Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor MORE (Ga.), the House Judiciary Committee’s top Republican, criticized the move as “part of a strategy to turn the Committee’s oversight hearings into a mock-impeachment inquiry rather than a legitimate exercise in congressional oversight.”