Watergate Figure John Dean Says McGahn Was Smart To Cooperate With Mueller

Nixon administration attorney John Dean told Slate in an interview Saturday

Nixon administration attorney John Dean told Slate in an interview Saturday that White House counsel Don McGahn did the “right thing” cooperating “extensively” with the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, as reported by The New York Times.

McGahn is “doing exactly the right thing, not merely to protect himself, but to protect his client. And his client is not Donald Trump; his client is the office of the president,” said Dean, who was White House counsel under Richard Nixon.

He also said McGahn was smart to make an early move and avoid the risk of being blamed for an ypotential illegalities by Trump.

“I think there is good reason for McGahn to believe that Trump would throw him under the bus, since Trump throws almost everyone under the bus,” Dean said. “Self preservation is a real motive.”

Dean was in a similar situation during the Watergate scandal. He ended up pleading guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice, but also ultimately cooperated with prosecutors. McGahn told people that he wanted to avoid Dean’s fate, according to the Times.

Dean said that Nixon, just as Trump reportedly does, treated the White House counsel as his own personal attorney.

The difference between the presidents, Dean tweeted Saturday, is that Nixon was “generally very competent,” even though he “bungled and botched” his handling of Watergate. Trump, on the other hand, is a “total incompetent” who is also “bungling and botching his handling of Russiagate,” he tweeted.

Dean also noted that unlike Nixon “Trump won’t leave willingly or graciously.”

Dean had one more piece of advice Thursday for Trump’s staff: Get out while you still can:

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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