Former Nixon White House counsel to speak in Columbus, Fairfield

A man who famously turned against President Richard Nixon as a key federal informant in the Watergate investigation is visiting Ohio this month, including speaking events in Cleveland, Columbus and Fairfield.

Former Nixon White House counsel John W. Dean will speak in the three cities on Aug. 16, 17 and 18 as part of the Ohio State Bar Association’s series: “From the Nixon White House to Trump Tower: A Unique Look at Executive Power with a Focus on Supreme Court Appointments.”

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The three-hour seminar will feature historic footage and White House tapes to give a first-hand experience with how Dean dealt with Watergate — both his participation in the criminal act and cooperation with investigators.

Presidential historian, author and Cleveland attorney James D. Robenalt will also speak on executive power and offering lessons learned from Watergate.

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Many top-level Nixon aides were implicated and went to prison in the Watergate investigation. And though Dean cooperated with investigators, he did serve time in prison for his involvement.

According to the Ohio Bar Association, there are many parallels and differences, between Watergate and the current Russian investigation.

Dean is a regular CNN contributor and has discussed legal issues involving presidential scandals.

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The seminar is for attorneys. All sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to noon

  • August 16 in Cleveland: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, One Cleveland Center, 1375 East 9th Street.
  • August 17 in Columbus: Ohio State Bar Association, 1700 Lake Shore Drive (This program will also be simulcast in Akron at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill Street, and in Perrysburg at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd.).
  • August 18 in Fairfield: Receptions Conference Center North, 5975 Boymel Drive.

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