John Dean, the White House counsel to President Richard M. Nixon who was once dubbed the “master manipulator” of the Watergate scandal by the FBI, predicts former President Donald Trump may finally be about to face some serious consequences.
“I feel a criminal case goes to come back out of it,” Dean predicted on CNN on Tuesday after hearings by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol, in comments posted by Mediaite.
Dean said that while the committee isn’t constructing a criminal case, Justice Department prosecutors are likely using evidence uncovered by the committee about Trump’s role within the day’s events to construct such a case.
“And I don’t see how the road prosecutors on the Department of Justice can’t take a number of this evidence and use it. Quite a lot of these people who find themselves involved on this are going to be in front of a grand jury in the event that they’re not already,” Dean said. “And Trump is in trouble. Trump is in trouble.”
John Dean, left, said former President Donald Trump, right, is in trouble after the most recent revelations.
Dean, who ultimately turned on Nixon and cooperated with prosecutors, spoke after Tuesday’s testimony by which Jason Van Tatenhoven, former spokesperson for the right-wing paramilitary group Oath Keepers, said the organization wanted an “armed revolution” on Jan. 6, 2021.
That very same day, former Trump supporter Stephen Ayres said he hadn’t planned to enter the Capitol ― until Trump spoke.
“The president got everybody riled up, told everybody to move on down,” Ayres said. “So we principally, we just followed what he said.”
Dean said he was impressed by the testimony before the House committee.
“I assumed they were powerful witnesses because they were speaking from the guts. That is what they felt. That is how they’d performed,” he said. “They know they’d made a mistake. They’ve rethought their position now, they usually realize the ability of this man. They were really classic authoritarian followers, following the leader.”
See his full comments on Mediaite.