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Echoes of Watergate in Trump tumult

John Dean, former Counsel to the President, President Richard Nixon, speaks to the Senate Judiciary Committee during the final stage of the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

John Dean, former Counsel to the President, President Richard Nixon, speaks to the Senate Judiciary Committee during the final stage of the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

WASHINGTON — The White House seethes with intrigue and backstabbing as aides hunt for the anonymous Deep (state) Throat among them. A president feels besieged by tormentors — Bob Woodward is driving him crazy — so he tends his version of an enemies list, wondering aloud if he should rid himself of his attorney general or the special prosecutor or both.

For months, the Trump administration and its scandals have carried whiffs of Watergate and drawn comparisons to the characters and crimes of the Nixon era. But this past week, history did not just repeat itself, it climbed out of the dustbin and returned in the flesh.

There was John Dean again, testifying on the Hill, warning anew about a cancer on the presidency.

Nearly every element in Trump’s trouble has a Watergate parallel.

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is leading an independent investigation sparked by a break-in at the Democratic National Committee, the same target that opened the Watergate can of worms, though this time the burglary was digital and linked to Moscow, not the Oval Office.