John Dean to testify Mueller report allegations 'strikingly like Watergate'

Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean said Monday that he will testify that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE's alleged obstruction of justice is "strikingly like Watergate" when he appears before a congressional panel examining special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation 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.  

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"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 ComeyNadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime We've lost sight of the real scandal Former Obama officials willing to testify on McCabe's behalf: report 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.