Interview: John Dean, ‘Conservatives Without Conscience’

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John Dean knows perhaps better than anyone the consequences of power corrupted.

As White House counsel to President Richard Nixon he abused his power by paying the Watergate burglars to keep quiet about their break-in at Democratic offices.

Later, when he realized he was being set-up as the fall guy for the entire scandal, he provided key testimony in the Senate investigation that eventually prompted Nixon to resign from office in disgrace in 1974.

Dean says that today’s conservative leaders are even worse prone to bullying, maliciousness, and an unapologetic, brazen abuse of power. He makes the case in a new book called Conservatives Without Conscience , and says things really started to get out of control with the Republican revolution of 1994, when the GOP took majority control of Congress for the first time in 40 years. He spoke with Mitch Wertlieb about his book.

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