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John Wesley Dean III (b. 14 Oct 1938) was a White House Counsel to United States President Richard Nixon from July 1970 until April 1973.

Dean appeared as a guest commentator on the first Current TV edition of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, discussing the potential conflicts of interest of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas.

On the 24 June 2011 edition, he discussed General David Petraeus's admission that he would consider "enhanced interrogation techniques" justifiable in extreme circumstances.

On the 27 June 2011 edition, he discussed the Supreme Court's ruling that the Citizens Clean Elections Act violates the Constitution.

On the 11 July 2011 edition, he discussed the revelation that agents of Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp hacked into the records of Prime Minister Gordon Brown to steal personal medical information about his children, as well as bribing royal guards and tapping into the phones of Prince Charles and Camilla, and the possibility that victims of the Nine-Eleven attacks and their families were targeted as well.

On the 13 July 2011 edition, he discussed the continuing NewsCorp scandal in the light of calls from Jay Rockefeller, Peter King and Frank Lautenberg for criminal investigations in Rupert Murdoch's American enterprises, including allegations that his employees tried to buy the cellphone numbers of Nine-Eleven victims, as well as repudiations of Murdoch from Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and David Cameron.

On the 14 July 2011 edition, he discussed Murdoch's financial support for the Chamber of Commerce, which campaigned to weaken the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits American companies from bribing foreign officials.

On the 18 July 2011 edition, he discussed how Jude Law's allegation that his and his assistant's phones were hacked by NewsCorp at JFK Airport may expedite American prosecution of Rupert Murdoch.

On the 19 July 2011 early edition, he discussed the unfolding testimonies before the Parliamentary Committee on Culture, Media, and Sport of Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks. On the late edition, he discussed the morning's testimony with regards to the Murdochs's refusal to take responsibility for the crimes that occurred in their organization under their tenure in charge.

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