Hatch, John Dean Trade Barbs at Censure Hearing
Posted on Mar 31, 2006
After Nixon-era whistle-blower John Dean speaks in favor of censuring Bush, Sen. Orrin Hatch tells him: “Quit trying to score political points.”
Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean, testifying on behalf of a Democratic resolution to censure President Bush, asserted Friday that Bush’s conduct in connection with domestic spying exceeds the wrongdoing that toppled his former boss from power.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, fired back by telling Democrats: “Quit trying to score political points.”
The Senate, Dean said, should censure or officially scold Bush as proposed by Sen. Russell Feingold’s resolution. But if that action carries too much political baggage, some senatorial warning is in order, Dean said.