John Dean: "Master Manipulator" of Watergate?

Former White House counsel John Dean (center), on-stage with WNPR's John Dankosky and the Hartford Courant's Kevin Rennie. We're listening back to this conversation about Watergate, hosted by the Hartford County Bar Association.
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As the country looks back on the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal, we’ll revisit a conversation with former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean. He was credited with cooperating with investigators, and linking President Nixon to the Watergate scandal. He was also called, by the FBI, the “master manipulator of the cover up.”

We’ll also hear from another Nixon adviser who is critical of Dean’s role in his new book.


  • John Dean - Former White House counsel for President Richard Nixon and author of The Nixon Defense
  • Kevin Rennie - Lawyer and columnist for the Hartford Courant
  • Roger Stone - Republican political consultant and adviser to President Richard Nixon. His new book is called Nixon’s Secrets: The Rise, Fall and Untold Truth About the President, Watergate, and the Pardon.