Fireworks erupted at the Texas Book Festival as author Roger Stone questioned former White House counsel John Dean about his role in the Watergate break-in. Stone, author of the bestseller, Nixon’s Secrets: The Rise, Fall And Untold Truth About The President, Watergate And The Pardon, confronted Dean during a panel at the Austin literary event. Stone offered a list of twelve questions regarding Dean’s role in the Watergate scandal.
In a video posted by The Daily Caller, Roger Stone recounted sworn testimony by Watergate participants Jeb Stuart MacGruder and James McCord. According to Stone, both men alleged Dean participated in the planning of the operation to break into the Democratic National Committee offices at the Watergate in Washington D.C. Dean denied the allegation.
Dean said, “I did not order the Watergate break in.” Claiming he was “amazed” by the Watergate operation, Dean said, “I actually tried to turn it off on two occasions.”
In a Fox News story last August, Stone said it was time for John Dean to “tell the truth” about Watergate. Stone wrote “The mainstream media narrative about Watergate is a grotesque and fantastic distortion of historical fact.” He claimed Dean “has sought to control this narrative” through his books, interviews, paid speeches, lawsuits and litigation.” According to Stone, “Dean has spun the myth that he was a naïve and ambitious young man sucked into the Watergate cover-up by the evil Nixon and his men.”
Stone called for the release key information missing from Dean’s new book, Nixon’s Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It. “Only Dean can supply the full story of the Watergate break-in and cover up now by releasing the transcripts of all of his conversations with Nixon on March 13,16, 17, 20 and 21.” Stone wrote. “I challenge him to do so. These transcripts will prove that Dean was a progenitor of the Watergate cover-up who sought immunity and a plea bargain with Watergate prosecutors only when he saw the cover-up he was running would not hold.”
After dismissing Stone’s questions at the Texas Book Festival, Dean alluded to filing a lawsuit against Stone. The Daily Caller reported Dean refused to share the stage with other authors.
“Dean unsuccessfully fought behind-the-scenes to prevent Texas A&M associate professor Luke Nichter from appearing on the panel. Nichter, who earned legal threats from Dean after publishing audio recordings purporting to reveal new details about Dean’s involvement in Watergate. Nichter co-authored the 2014 book ‘The Nixon Tapes‘ with historian Douglas Brinkley.
“’As of now that war wages on between Dean and the Texas Book Festival,’ journalist Len Colodny wrote in an email to Stone. ‘He refuses to appear on any panel that has Luke on it. Nothing has been settled at this time.’”
“’Brinkley refused to go forward without Luke,’ Colodny wrote in a subsequent email. ‘Dean furious his tapes are going to Texas A&M.’”
In response to John Dean’s legal threat, Stone said, “Truth is the Ultimate Defense.”
Nixon’s Secrets: The Rise, Fall And Untold Truth About The President, Watergate And The Pardon By Roger Stone is available at Amazon and other bookstores.