House Judiciary Schedules June 11 Hearing Starring Watergate Witness John Dean

By Susan Jones | June 4, 2019 | 9:07am EDT
John Dean, former White House counsel to President Nixon, is shown here on September 7, 2018 at the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - In their attempt to move forward with impeachment, the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee is reaching way back, calling Watergate star John Dean to testify on June 10.

In a notice issued Monday, the House Judiciary Committee said it will continue hearings "focused on the alleged crimes and other misconduct laid out in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report."

The committee's next hearing, a week from today, is titled, "Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes.” It will feature President Richard Nixon's former White House Counsel John Dean as well as former U.S. attorneys and legal experts, all of whom will help stoke the Democrats' "cover-up" narrative.

The Judiciary Committee really wants to hear from President Trump's former White House counsel Don McGahn, who has so far refused a subpoena to appear and to turn over documents.

On Monday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced that next Tuesday -- the same day Dean testifies -- he will bring a resolution to the House floor holding McGahn and Attorney General William Barr in contempt for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas issued by the House Judiciary Committee.

According to Hoyer, the resolution will authorize the Judiciary Committee to seek enforcement of its subpoenas in federal court.

"This Administration’s systematic refusal to provide Congress with answers and cooperate with Congressional subpoenas is the biggest cover-up in American history, and Congress has a responsibility to provide oversight on behalf of the American people,” Hoyer said in a statement.

John Dean, now 80 years old, recently told CNN that he believes the Mueller report contains evidence that President Trump obstructed justice.

Dean himself pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice on October 19, 1973 in connection with his cover-up of the Watergate scandal. Dean's tell-all testimony before the Senate Watergate committee was instrumental in bringing down the Nixon presidency.

Dean tweeted on Monday that he's "looking forward" to testifying before the House Judiciary Committee next week. "No subpoena necessary!" he joked.

On Saturday, Dean tweeted that the House Judiciary Committee should start a hearing to "CENSURE AND/OR IMPEACH" Donald Trump. "Censure pre-election. Impeach if he's re-elected," Dean wrote.

In March 2006, Dean also recommended the censure of President George W. Bush in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Dean supported the censure resolution introduced by then-Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) on the grounds that Bush conducted "unlawful electronic surveillance of Americans contrary to the provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978."

Attorney General William Barr is now directing an investigation into alleged FISA abuse by the FBI and members of the Obama administration.

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