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 JordanFreedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi Maryland's GOP governor slams 'whitewashing' of Jan. 6 riot Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe, eyeing new GOP reinforcements MORE (R-Ohio) asked Dean to explain earlier remarks claiming President TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? 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) GaetzLawmakers introduce bipartisan Free Britney Act Performance or performance art? A question for voters in 2022 (and 2024) Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections 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 NadlerHere's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer Activists see momentum as three new states legalize marijuana Supreme Court expansion push starts to fizzle MORE (D-N.Y.) of bringing in Dean as a “prop,” saying that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiYellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Tokyo Olympics kick off with 2020-style opening ceremony 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.”