Calling Watergate-era White House counsel John Dean in to give background testimony to Congress shows "desperation" on the part of Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said Monday.
"I think what we are seeing is something that is just absolutely a travesty and desperation on the part of the Democrats," the Arizona Republican and committee member told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
"They want to impeach President (Donald) Trump."
Dean resigned from the Nixon administration in April 1973 and testified in June of that year to the Senate select committee about the White House and President Richard Nixon's involvement in the Watergate break-in and the subsequent cover-up. Monday, he told CNN that he'll testify about the similarities between Trump, Nixon, and the Watergate scandal.
"It will be a long hearing and it will probably be contentious," Biggs said. "I don't think we'll see much accomplished."
Biggs added that he thought his staff was "punking" him when they told him Dean would be testifying.
"Here is a guy with no veracity at all," said Biggs. "He was the cover-up master of criminality. That's what every investigation said ... here he is, he spent 45 years trying to make money off rehabilitating himself. I just find this can't be serious so I'm still a little bit astonished they will bring this guy in."
Biggs added that he doesn't think Dean will have much to add to the discussion.
"(Dean) has no more information than you or I can get from reading the Mueller report," said Biggs. "It just indicates kind of this real sense of desperation on their part where they are throwing a Hail Mary today, I think."
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