30 years after the Watergate scandal which led to the resignation of President Nixon, John Dean, convicted in the cover-up, says President Bush could be impeached if he lied about Iraq’s posession of weapons of mass destruction.
On June 17, 1972, five men employed by the Committee to Re-elect the President (later known as CREEP) were arrested while breaking into the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. They went in to plant listening devices in the phone and steal campaign strategy documents.
The White House attempted to cover-up the burglary. Among those found guilty was Richard Nixon’s chief counsel John W. Dean. He was charged with obstruction of justice and would eventually serve 127 days in jail for taking part in the cover-up.
Before being jailed he was the first White House insider to testify about the existence of the White House taping system which eventually led to Nixon’s demise.
Today, Dean says, Washington may be facing a scandal on the scale of Watergate if the Bush Administration mislead the American public and Congress on the threat of Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction.
He just published a column for the Findlaw.com website titled “Is Lying About The Reason For a War an Impeachable Offense?”
- John Dean, former counsel to President Richard Nixon. He also served as the chief minority counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, the associate director of a law reform commission, and associate deputy attorney general of the United States.