Watergate figure John Dean earns laughter for responses to GOP lawmakers

Exchanges between Watergate figure John Dean and House Judiciary Committee Republicans drew laughs several times during his testimony Monday.

In one such instance, Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDemocratic Women's Caucus calls for investigation into Epstein plea deal DOJ releases notes from official Bruce Ohr's Russia probe interviews CNN slams GOP for not appearing on network after mass shootings, conservatives fire back MORE (R-Ohio) asked Dean to explain earlier remarks claiming President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE was “incapable of accomplishing anything.”

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“Mr. Jordan, I think that under the parliamentary rules of the house I'm refrained from addressing a full answer your question,” Dean responded. Told that he was “not refrained” in his tweets, Dean responded that his tweets were “not subject to the parliamentarian.”

In another exchange, Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzCapitol Police advised Gaetz against holding open events I'm not a Nazi, I'm just a dude: What it's like to be the other Steve King Gaetz cleared by Florida Bar after Cohen tweet probe MORE (R-Fla.), another staunch supporter of Trump in the House, noted that Dean, who has frequently compared Trump to former President Nixon, had written a 2005 essay comparing his former boss to then-President George W. Bush.

“Mr. Dean, how many American presidents have you accused of being Richard Nixon?” Gaetz quipped, accusing Dean of creating a “cottage industry out of” drawing the comparison.

Gaetz went on to accuse Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSecond Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death MORE (D-N.Y.) of bringing in Dean as a “prop,” saying that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Hobbled NRA shows strength with Trump MORE (D-Calif.) had rebuffed Nadler on opening an impeachment inquiry and that instead "we're here reopening the impeachment inquiry potentially into Richard Nixon, sort of playing out our own version of 'That '70s Show.'"

“That was a speech,” Dean said in response to Gaetz’s remarks, which included a broader condemnation of the investigation into Trump. “I don’t believe I can respond to it. It’s not sufficient time.”

Trump blasted Dean as a “loser for many years” on Monday, denying any parallels between himself and Nixon and saying that “you can’t impeach somebody when there’s never been a thing done wrong.”