Watergate prosecutor slams Trump for saying Clinton emails 'bigger than Watergate'

Former U.S. Attorney Nick Akerman, who prosecuted the Watergate case, blasted Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE for comparing the Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCarville repeats prediction that Trump will drop out of race What's behind Trump's slump? Americans are exhausted, for one thing Trump campaign reserves air time in New Mexico MORE email case to the infamous political scandal.

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“The news this morning, this is bigger than Watergate,” Trump said at a New Hampshire rally, reacting to the Friday announcement that the FBI was looking into a new batch of recently discovered emails. 

Akerman criticized the claim, calling it “absurd” and lacking evidence.

“Donald Trump’s statement that this is bigger than Watergate is totally absurd,” the former prosecutor said, according Celeste Katz, a reporter at Mic.

"There is no evidence of any violation of law. For Trump to reach that conclusion based on a total lack of evidence is reminiscent of the innuendo spread by Joseph McCarthy in the early 1950s.”

He was also critical of the FBI Director James Comey for sending a vague letter to members of Congress about the new probe.

“He had no business writing to Congress about supposed new emails that neither he nor anyone in the FBI has ever reviewed,” he said. “It is not the function of the FBI Director to be making public pronouncements about an investigation, never mind an investigation based on evidence that he acknowledges may not be significant."