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Will Trump be indicted? John Dean says it's 'matter of days' as Michael Cohen visits NY DA for seventh time

Dean, who served as a witness against Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal, made this assumption based on the number of times former Trump lawyer Cohen visited Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance
UPDATED MAR 12, 2021
John Dean claims Donald Trump will be indicted by the Manhattan DA soon (Getty Images)
John Dean claims Donald Trump will be indicted by the Manhattan DA soon (Getty Images)

John Dean, who served as a witness against Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal resulting in the former president's resignation, has claimed that former President Donald Trump will be indicted by the Manhattan DA in a "matter of days". 

Dean made this assumption based on the number of times former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen visited Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance. He quoted a Reuters report and said, "From personal experience as a key witness I assure you that you do not visit a prosecutor’s office 7 times if they are not planning to indict those about whom you have knowledge. It is only a matter of how many days until DA Vance indicts Donald & Co."


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Cohen had appeared for an interview with the DA on Wednesday for the seventh time. At the time, Cohen had likened the decision made by the US Supreme Court to deny Trump's effort to keep his tax records private to a "holy grail" for Manhattan DA Vance Jr's investigation into financial crimes committed by the Trump Organization. 

Former Chief White House Counsel John Dean is sworn in before testifying about the Mueller Report to the House Judiciary Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill June 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Dean, who went to prison for his role in the Watergate burglaries and subsequent cover-up, became a key witness for the investigation and ultimate resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974. (Getty Images)

In an August filing, the district attorney had claimed that they will be investigating “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct” at the Trump Organization. In September's filing, the DA claimed “mountainous” misconduct allegations could justify a grand jury probe into possible tax fraud, insurance fraud, and falsification of business records. In the filings, Trump Organization denied the allegations, and Trump, who happens to be a Republican, claimed that the New York investigations are politically motivated as Vance is a Democrat.

Cohen is currently serving a three-year sentence in home confinement on charges related to payoffs he made during the 2016 presidential race. The payments had been made to silence two women who had claimed to have had affairs with Trump. 

Vance began an investigation into the Trump Organization in 2018 and at that time it was more about the alleged hush-money payments and later expanded into an investigation into the organization's alleged financial crimes. 

Dean delivered pivotal testimony in 1973 in the Watergate Scandal and had revealed how White House officials, including the then President Nixon, and himself, decided to cover up a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters. In addition, they also decided to not reveal the existence of a taping system in the Oval Office. This revelation had resulted in Nixon resigning from his position. 

Michael Cohen, President Trump's former attorney arrives at his Park Avenue home after being released from federal prison on July 24, 2020 in New York City. On Thursday, a Manhattan federal judge ordered that Cohen return to home confinement after ruling that the government had sent him back to prison as "retaliation" for planning to publish a book about President Donald Trump.

Despite being the whistleblower of the Watergate scandal, Dean ended up serving four months time in prison as he was convicted of obstruction of justice. Following this, he used his knowledge about the incident by going on to publish two books about his role in the scandal and has recently been serving as a commentator on CNN. 

Dean appeared before Congress once again in 2019 when he testified to draw parallels between Nixon's Watergate and Trump's alleged collusion with Russia following the release of findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe.