AKA John Wesley Dean III
Birthplace: Akron, OH
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Party Affiliation: Republican
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Nixon's White House Counsel
In the late 1960s, John Dean worked as chief minority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, and later he was a mid-level lawyer (his title was "associate deputy") in the Attorney General's office. He was appointed as President Richard M. Nixon's White House counsel in 1970, and was eventually forced to resign as the Watergate scandal grew.
Dean later became one of the first White House insiders to fully cooperate with the official investigation, and the first to directly implicate the President. He testified that Nixon had been deeply involved in the cover-up of the break-in at the Watergate Hotel, and that he and Nixon had discussed various aspects of the cover-up on at least 35 separate occasions. For his testimony, Dean was either lauded for his courage and honesty or pummeled for betraying political loyalties. To this day, he remains a hated figure in Republican circles.
Dean was sentenced to one to four years in prison for his own part in the cover-up, but for his own safety he was instead locked up at a special "safe house" facility. After four months there, his sentence was reduced to "time served", and Dean was free to go. Then as now, almost everyone involved in such a major scandal wrote a book. Dean's book was Blind Ambition, which was later made into a TV miniseries. Martin Sheen played Dean, Theresa Russell played his wife, and Rip Torn played Nixon. Since Watergate, Dean has worked as an investment banker, political columnist, and TV talking head.
In the 1990s, he sued the authors of Silent Coup, a book alleging the Dean himself had masterminded the Watergate break-in. The suit was settled when a libel insurance company, acting on behalf of one of the book's authors, paid Dean to drop the case. Dean also sued co-conspirator G. Gordon Liddy over similar claims Liddy had made on a radio talk show. That defamation suit was dismissed in 2001 when jurors were unable to reach a verdict. Liddy and Dean have hated each other since the days of Watergate, when Liddy famously refused to name names, while Dean was completely cooperative.
Dean's 2004 book, Worse Than Watergate, argued that Nixon's crimes were petty compared to the day-to-day routine of the George W. Bush administration. Dean suggested that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should have been impeached for lying to Congress about the reasons for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Wife: Maureen Kane ("Mo", m. 13-Oct-1972)
University: Colgate University
University: BA English and Political Science, College of Wooster (1961)
Law School: JD, Georgetown University Law Center (1965)
White House Counsel (1970-73)
Took the Fifth House Armed Services Subcommittee (19-Jul-1973)
Sued by the ACLU (18-Apr-1974)
Obstruction of Justice convicted 1974
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (11-Sep-2009) · Himself
The U.S. vs John Lennon (31-Aug-2006) · Himself
Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War (3-Nov-2004) · Himself
Uncovered: The War on Iraq (20-Aug-2004) · Himself
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