Watergate prosecutor compares Trump ‘poor me’ tweet to end of Nixon presidency

Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman on Wednesday compared President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE's "poor me" tweet to the end of Richard Nixon's presidency. 

MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked Ackerman if he saw parallels between Trump's disposition and Nixon's isolation following the Watergate scandal that ended in his resignation. 


"[It's] very much the same," Ackerman said. "Nixon really kept to himself. He wound up sitting in front of the fire and just kind of ruminating." 

The comments came in response to a tweet from Trump on Monday in which he wrote, “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." 

Ackerman said Trump's behavior could reflect a fear of possible impending legal troubles. Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE is reportedly working on the final report for his Russia investigation, which has lasted more than a year. 

"He’s got three cooperating witnesses, three people who are very close to him,” Ackerman said. “Michael Flynn, his former security adviser, [Rick] Gates who was the deputy to [Paul] Manafort and was running the campaign after Manafort left, and then you’ve also got Michael Cohen, his personal lawyer,” he continued, referencing Trump associates who have been indicted or pleaded guilty in Mueller’s probe.

“I don’t think we ever had any witnesses in Watergate that were that close to Nixon,” Ackerman said. "I mean, John Dean — who was the lawyer in the White House — didn’t really have the closeness to Nixon that any of these three people have."