A prosecutor who worked on the Watergate case against President Richard Nixon says that the investigation in Georgia against Donald Trump has the potential to put the 45th president behind bars.
According to The Hill:
“I think that’s enough. If you’re asking me which of the cases right now, which one is going to send Donald Trump to prison, that’s the case,” Nick Akerman told MSNBC on Sunday, referring to a January 2021 call between Trump and Georgia’s secretary of state.
“If I had to put my money on one prosecution that’s going to go forward here that would send Donald Trump to jail, it’s Georgia,” Akerman, a former prosecutor with the Watergate Special Prosecution Force under Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski, said. “No question about it.”
Fulton County in Georgia has convened a special grand jury to investigate Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in the state. The case focuses on a call between Trump and Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger where the president pushed to “find” 11,780 votes to overturn Biden’s victory in the Peach State.
In Georgia, the investigative panel began hearing from witnesses this month, including Raffensperger. The special grand jury will ultimately recommend whether county prosecutors should prosecute Trump criminally for election interference.
However, Akerman, whose work probing an illegal break-in at the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters in 1972 substantiated ties to Nixon’s reelection campaign and led to the former president’s resignation, admitted the Nixon case occurred in a vastly different political climate than Trump’s.
Akerman also said the tape-recorded evidence of the phone call between Trump and Raffensperger gives prosecutors an extremely strong case.
“What’s significant with those tapes is — when you put it into the context of all the evidence the Jan. 6 committee has uncovered, you put that together — Donald Trump has zero defense in Georgia,” he added.