John Dean, former Counsel to Richard Nixon; author, Conservatives Without Conscience


With the perspective of a former Republican political insider, and experience in the Watergate scandal, Dean will address what he sees as the authoritarian influence of neoconservatives within his party. A self-proclaimed Goldwater conservative, he will lament how drastically the right has left behind their core values of libertarianism and small government. Dean will appeal to conservatives to find their consciences and to all Americans to take serious heed of what is going on in the nation.

From 1970 until 1973, Dean served as the White House legal counsel to President Nixon. He was the first official in Nixon’s Administration to accuse him of direct involvement in the Watergate scandal, also implicating himself. He was convicted of multiple felonies in connection with the cover-up, serving only four months due to his testimony for the prosecution.

Dean is currently retired, and now works as a lecturer, and columnist for FindLaw's Writ online magazine. He is the author of multiple books, including the recent, Conservatives Without Conscience, and Worse than Watergate, a book which calls for the impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney for lying to Congress. Before working in Nixon’s Administration, he served as chief minority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee and as an associate deputy attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice. He received his B.A. from Colgate University and his J.D. from Georgetown University in 1965.

This program was recorded live on October 1, 2007