Simona Mangiante, the fiancée of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, sent an ominous warning to the White House this week. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI last year.
Mr. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI last year about the timing of his contacts with Russians during his initial interview in January 2017. Simona Mangiante told The Washington Post that “There’s a lot to come,” regarding Mueller’s ongoing investigation. While she didn’t really get into the particulars, she did say that her fiance is basically the “John Dean” of the Russia scandal.
John Dean was White House counsel for President Nixon during Watergate. Dean initially aided the cover-up but then flipped made a deal with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and served a four month sentence in a safe house. John Dean is credited with providing prosecutors with the proof they needed that President Nixon himself was actively involved in the Watergate cover-up.
Ms. Mangiate’s comparison of Papadopoulos to Dean is intriguing. While the plea deal was made public, nobody really has any idea what Papadopoulos exchanged in order to procure the deal.
Because of John Dean’s iconic status in the wake of Watergate, media outlets have deferred to him many times since the Russia scandal broke. When asked last year to compare Trump to Nixon, John Dean said that while both have authoritarian personas, Trump has the far weaker poker face.
“We wouldn’t know Nixon as well as we do but for his taping system, where his guard is down. He reveals who he is. Trump is the same in public as he is in private.”
Social media went into overdrive, as would be expected since Simona Mangiante indicated that Papadopoulos knows way more about the Russia investigation than has made its way into the public domain. Also, of course, the direct comparison between Trump and Nixon has only one implication.
“History will remember him like John Dean,” says Simona Mangiante. Thus Mangiante becomes the first person in Trumpworld to predict impeachment. https://t.co/P5DwhhbiGB
— Virginia Heffernan (@page88) January 22, 2018
Is she right? Is it beginning to look a lot like impeachment?