Lanny Davis, the lawyer for President Trump’s longtime fixer Michael Cohen, has been talking to former White House counsel John Dean who helped end the presidency of Richard Nixon when he testified in the Watergate scandal, according to a report on Sunday.
“I reached out to my old friend John Dean because of what he went through with Watergate, and I saw some parallels to what Michael Cohen is experiencing. I wanted to gain from John’s wisdom,” Davis told Politico.
“I certainly don’t want to raise expectations that Mr. Cohen has anything like the level of deep involvement and detailed knowledge that John Dean had in the Nixon White House as a witness to Nixon’s crimes, but I did see some similarities and wanted to learn from what John went through,” Davis, a decades-long friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton told the website.
Cohen is under criminal investigation by the feds for a hush-money payment he made to porn star Stormy Daniels a month before the 2016 election to keep her quiet about an affair she alleges she had with Trump a decade earlier.
Cohen has said recently that his loyalties lie with his family and not Trump, suggesting he may be willing to cooperate with prosecutors.
Dean’s name popped up in a couple of Trump’s tweet on Sunday as he railed about the Russia investigation and said his White House counsel Don McGahn wouldn’t be a “John Dean type ‘RAT.”
A New York Times report said McGahn has sat down with Robert Mueller’s legal team for 30 hours of interviews.
Davis said he became acquainted with Dean during the 1990s when they appeared together on MSNBC to talk about impeachment proceedings against President Clinton.
Published at Sun, 19 Aug 2018 22:38:32 +0000