Is it age that has caught up with 80-year-old John Dean, or has his hatred of all things Republican clouded Dean's short-term memory?
On CNN this morning, in the pre-game of Robert Mueller's testimony today, Mr. Cancer-on-the-Presidency told John Berman:
"The report indicates there was collusion, contrary to Mr. Trump's statement."
Of course, the single most noteworthy finding emerging from the Mueller report, as even NPR had to admit, was that there was not any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Having to clean up Dean's gaffe, John Berman butted in to say, "not enough evidence to charge conspiracy." Dean, taking the hint that he had stepped in it, agreed: "exactly, exactly."
In a sign of just how fair-and-balanced CNN's coverage of the Mueller testimony wasn't, its guests in the key 7 am hour this morning were Dean and Carl Bernstein, aka The Watergate Impeachment Brothers.
Before Dean made his blunder, Bernstein expressed the fond hope that Mueller's testimony might move 10-15% of the American public to favor impeachment.
Say, here's an idea. Maybe the Democrats could run Biden-John Dean in 2020: a Golden Boys ticket!
Here's the transcript.
7:03 am EDT
JOHN BERMAN: First, John Dean, as someone who has made history in a committee hearing before, and you did! And you were part of history. What do you think Democrats realistically should push for from Robert Mueller today?
JOHN DEAN: Well, I think they obviously want the key issues of his massive report somehow coming out of his mouth. Either in response to question or material he volunteers in an opening statement. But I think they’d like some sound bites.
BERMAN: What key issues would that be? What would be the sound bite?
DEAN: Well, first of all, was there collusion? And the report indicates there was collusion, contrary to Mr. Trump’s statement.
BERMAN: Not enough evidence to charge conspiracy.
DEAN: Exactly, exactly.