John Dean on George W. Bush and Presidential Accountability

April 2, 2004

Thirty years ago, as counsel to President Richard Nixon, John Dean mesmerized the country with his testimony in the Watergate hearings about “a cancer growing on the presidency.” Eventually, Nixon resigned and Dean went down in history for his role in the Watergate scandal. In Dean’s 2004 book, Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush, Dean argues that obsessive secrecy and deception in Washington is worse now than it was during the Watergate fiasco, and talks with Bill about “the hidden agenda of a White House shrouded in secrecy and a presidency that seeks to remain unaccountable.”

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