Former Nixon White House Counsel Makes His Case Against Kavanaugh

On the final day of Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing, Democrats brought forward John Dean, the former special counsel to the Nixon White House that testified against former President Richard Nixon in the Watergate hearings.

“Under Judge Kavanaugh’s recommendation, if a president shot somebody in cold blood on Fifth Ave., that president could not be prosecuted while in office,” Dean told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday.


Dean was adamant against going forward with Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, arguing that if he were confirmed, the Super Court “will be the most presidential powers-friendly court in the modern era.”

“Frankly, I’m surprised that Judge Kavauangh is not demanding that every document he’s ever handled be reviewed by this committee—unless, of course, there’s something to hide,” Dean said, referring to the documents of Kavanaugh’s time working for the Bush administration that have not been released.


According to NBC News, Dean served as Nixon’s White House counsel from 1970 to 1973. He was the first administration official to testify in the Watergate hearings to Congress and was key in the investigation, as he admitted the president was directly linked with the Watergate cover-up.

Dean also said that after two days of hearings, he still wasn’t sure where Kavanaugh stood on the United States v. Nixon case.

Kavanaugh has faced four days of questioning from the Senate Judiciary Committee which included protests and tough questioning from Democrats.

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