Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean said Monday that he will testify that President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE's alleged obstruction of justice is "strikingly like Watergate" when he appears before a congressional panel examining special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate 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 Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's report.
Dean, a key player in toppling Richard Nixon's presidency, told CNN ahead of the House Judiciary Committee hearing that he hopes to provide context around the allegations in the Mueller report.
"I'm clearly not a fact witness, but hope I can give them some context and show them how strikingly like Watergate what we're seeing now and as reported in the Mueller report is," Dean said.
Dean said there are several examples in Mueller's report relating to obstruction of justice that parallel Watergate.
When asked which example is the most apt comparison, Dean said there are "too many."
Dean said Nixon and Trump were both "hands on, very early."
He also noted Trump's firing of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE and Nixon's interference with an FBI investigation.
Trump has publicly maintained his position that there was "no obstruction" even calling out Dean as a "sleazebag attorney" on Twitter Sunday.