Some names you think you’ll only ever interact with in the history textbooks you grew up reading. John Dean from the Richard Nixon administration is one of them. He was a reluctant key architect of the Watergate coverup and, in the end, a key voice in exposing that scandal to the public. If anyone knows what presidential-level corruption looks like up close, it’s him. So after I published an article tying Donald Trump’s entry into politics to his mounting Russian debt, imagine my surprise when John Dean sorta kinda weighed in on it.
Last month I wrote that Donald Trump may only be running for President so he could use his campaign as a way of convincing Russian investors to loan him money and save him from yet another bankruptcy. The pieces all fit. Trump’s own son has bragged that Russian money has been pouring in since the campaign started. There is Trump’s flurry inexplicably pro-Putin policy proposals. And then there’s fired campaign manager Paul Manafort’s close financial ties to the Kremlin.
Even as I continue to wait and hope that those news outlets with resources greater than mine will decide to follow the money and figure out precisely what Trump’s financial connection to Russia and Putin is really all about, my original article continues to get kicked around social media by those who are as curious about it as I am about getting to the bottom of it. Last night, seemingly out of nowhere, John Dean retweeted my article on Twitter.
And so now we’ve reached the point where Donald Trump’s corrupt financial ties to Putin’s Russia are so blatant and so scandalous that even the guy who went to prison for Nixon’s Watergate corruption thinks Trump is too corrupt. Come to think of it, this election has become so surreal that Trump truly does appear to be more corrupt than Nixon. Just ask John Dean.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report