CNNâ€™s Jim Acosta played a clip of a Trump interview on Newsmax last week about â€œabsolutelyâ€ pardoning some of his supporters who turned out last Jan. 6â€” if heâ€™s elected â€” which he first raised publicly last month at a Texas political rally. Acosta asked Dean Saturday: â€œIs this witness tampering?â€
â€œBoy, it sounds like it to me,â€ Dean responded.
â€œUnder the obstruction [of justice] statute, you donâ€™t have to actually succeed in obstructing â€” [but only] endeavor to do so. This sounds an awful lot like an endeavor to me,â€ Dean added.
He indicated that he hoped Justice Department officials were paying attention.
â€œIf the Justice Department isnâ€™t tracking this stuff, I donâ€™t know what our Justice Department is for,â€ he said.
Dean also said that former Vice President Mike Pence should testify before the House select committee probing the Jan. 6 insurrection because he didnâ€™t â€œgo very farâ€ in his speech Friday saying Trump was â€œwrongâ€ that Pence had the power to throw out presidential election results. He essentially said, â€œIâ€™m not a total toady anymore,â€ noted Dean.
The law was passed post-Watergate, Dean noted. The laws initially established public control of Richard Nixonâ€™s presidential records and mandated that government archivists screen the records to eventually allow public access.
Check out Deanâ€™s full interview with Acosta in the video clip up top. He addresses Trumpâ€™s offer of Jan. 6 pardons beginning at 3:25.