John Dean, White House advisor under President Richard M. Nixon who received the prison for his role in the Watergate scandal, said Friday that the charges against President Trump described in new court documents give Congress "little choice" in addition to starting the impeachment procedures.
Dean's comments, made during CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" segment, follow the release of a legal notice from federal prosecutors in New York regarding Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Prosecutors wrote that Cohen had implicated Trump in the ordering of money-laundering payments to women during the 2016 elections.
"I do not know that this will disappear forever in a black hole of unplayable presidents," Dean said. "I think it will resurface in Congress … I think what this totality of today's documents shows that the Assembly will have little choice, as it is going, if not to start an impeachment process".
Dean, who served as an adviser to Nixon from 1970 to 1973, was chosen by the president to conduct a special investigation on the Watergate scandal. He would continue to accuse Nixon of having a direct involvement in the cover-up, also involving himself while detailing the ways in which the various White House officials attempted to block the investigation into the incident. He was accused of obstruction of justice, eventually serving four months in prison.
The prosecutors from Cohen's Procuratorate published Friday list three people at a meeting in August 2014: Cohen, "Individual-1" and "Chairman-1". Based on the statements in the memo, it can be determined that Individual-1 is Trump and people familiar with the case said Matt Devin Barrett of The Washington Post and Matt Zapotosky that President-1 is David Pecker of the National Enquirer.
"In August 2014, President-1 met with Cohen and Individual-1 and offered to help handle negative stories about individual-1 relationships with women by identifying such stories so they could be bought and" killed, "the prosecutors' memorandum says.
Payments were made to two women who claimed to have sex with Trump before running for president: Playboy model Karen McDougal – who had reached an agreement with the National Enquirer editors not to share her relationship history – and for adults -film actress Stormy Daniels, who received $ 130,000 to remain silent on a link involving Trump.
In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to violating the campaign's financial law in making agreed payments. He also pleaded guilty to other crimes, including making a false statement to a bank and then lying to Congress about a Trump-branded real estate project in Moscow.
Cohen, citing the fact that he collaborated with the investigators, had requested a conviction without a prison. However, in the memorandum of nearly 40 pages, the magistrates of New York have advised Cohen to receive a "substantial" sentence, probably 3 ½ years.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Friday that Cohen's minutes "tell us nothing of value that was not already known."
Dean, who was a star witness to the 1973 Congressional hearings on the Watergate scandal, has been critical of Trump in the past. In a November tweet, he compared Trump and Nixon, simply declaring "Trump = evil".
Read the note from the special adviser on Michael Cohen.
Michael Cohen was guilty of lying in Congress about the Moscow project