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John Dean: DOJ's Order to Mueller 'Just All Too Orchestrated'

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John Dean (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 July 2019 02:05 PM

The Department of Justice's moves concerning ex-special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming testimony Wednesday, including a letter telling him to stick to his report, seem "just all too orchestrated," Richard Nixon-era White House counsel John Dean said Wednesday.

"First of all, the person who signed the letter was an associate deputy attorney general," Dean, now a CNN contributor, said on "New Day." "That's pretty low level. That's the title I had at the Justice Department before I went to the White House. I was maybe 14th, 15th, 16, in line, way down."

He said he also does not understand why Mueller asked for a subpoena before he'd appear for testimony. 

"I got into the regs and saw what that does is if he is subpoenaed, he is under the same regulations as a regular employee of the Department of Justice," said Dean, adding that even though Mueller has left, the letter "brings those regulations back" in an effort to confine his testimony. 

"(This is) orchestrated in the fact this forces him to comply with the regulations that as a private citizen he would not have had necessarily to comply with," said Dean. "This gives him an argument when he testifies on Wednesday that 'I'm subject to the regulations.'"

However Dean denied that he's saying that the plan is "anything nefarious," but he considers it evidence that Mueller doesn't want to volunteer anything."

Meanwhile, under the interpretation Attorney General William Barr has made of obstruction law, even Nixon did not obstruct justice, Dean said. 

"While Republicans have always said it must be a crime before it's impeachable, Democrats have never said that because the constitution doesn't say that," said Dean. 

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The Department of Justice's moves concerning ex-special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming testimony Wednesday, including a letter telling him to stick to his report, seem "just all too orchestrated," Richard Nixon-era White House counsel John Dean said Wednesday.
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