John Dean helped bring down Richard Nixon. Now he thinks Donald Trump is even worse

The cascade of investigations that threaten to bury Trump’s presidency.

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– John Dean, the Nixon White House counsel and Watergate-whistler-blower-turned-Trump-critic, suspects a cover-up involving Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign.

John Dean is a connoisseur of cover-ups, a savant of scandal, so he can more than imagine what it’s like inside the Trump White House right now.

“It’s a nightmare,” he said, presiding in a high-backed leather wing chair off the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Not just for those in the headlines — political strategist Steve Bannon, jack-of-many-duties Jared Kushner — but for their unsung assistants and secretaries as well.

“They don’t know what their jeopardy is. They don’t know what they’re looking at. They don’t know if they’re a part of a conspiracy that might unfold. They don’t know whether to hire lawyers or not, how they’re going to pay for them if they do,”Dean said in a crisp law-counsel cadence. “It’s an unpleasant place.”

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