Isolation, fear, paranoia. To former assistant special prosecutor to the Watergate case Nick Akerman, President Donald Trump is exhibiting many of the same signs Nixon did toward the end of his turbulent presidency.
This week, Trump stayed mostly at home in the White House instead of his planned Christmas trip to his golf resort in Mar a Lago because of the government shutdown. He sent out a self-pitying tweet about being alone on Christmas Eve.
I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security. At some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more money than the Border Wall we are all talking about. Crazy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018
Akerman couldn’t help but see some similarities. “[It’s] very much the same,” he said on MSNBC Wednesday. “Nixon really kept to himself, he wound up sitting in front of the fire just kind of ruminating.” Akerman said that Nixon’s Secretary of Defense was so worried, he told everyone not to follow orders from the president in case he wanted to fire missiles at Russia.
While Trump may not be at the point of randomly firing missiles at foreign countries, Akerman said he’s feeling the pressure from the Mueller investigation.
“He’s got the entire wall falling in on him this point. He’s got three cooperating witnesses, three people that are very close to him,” he said, outlining that Trump’s former security advisor Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort’s former deputy Rick Gates and Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen are all in on the investigation.
“I don’t think we ever had witnesses in Watergate that were that close to Nixon.”
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Akerman seemed confident in Mueller’s investigation and is interested in what the results will be, and if he’ll name Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner or even the president as tied with a Russian conspiracy.