Ex-Watergate prosecutor says evidence in impeachment inquiry 'clearly' points to Trump

A prosecutor who investigated former President Nixon during the Watergate scandal said the evidence in the impeachment inquiry launched against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE differs from Nixon’s impeachment investigation because the allegations of wrongdoing all point directly toward Trump. 

Former prosecutor Nick Akerman told The Washington Post that, during the Watergate scandal, prosecutors struggled to pinpoint Nixon’s role in the allegations of wrongdoing leveled at the White House. 

“Here, you’ll have that in spades,” Akerman said. “All these individuals, all testifying that this is what happened … it’s just cascading at this point.” 

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A slate of Trump aides and appointees have testified before lawmakers since House Democrats launched the impeachment inquiry against Trump last month. 

George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs, spoke to lawmakers at the Capitol Tuesday in a closed-door testimony about the president’s contacts with Ukraine.

On Wednesday, Michael McKinley, a former top adviser to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoGOP Rep calls for US to bring international case against China over coronavirus Belarus's risky coronavirus strategy House Republicans threaten pushback on Saudi Arabia amid oil market slump MORE, arrived at the Capitol to discuss Pompeo’s role in the Trump administration pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders exits, clearing Biden's path to nomination Former Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report Sanders exit leaves deep disappointment on left MORE and his son Hunter Biden.

Fiona Hill, a former special assistant to the president who specialized in European and Russian affairs, testified Monday that Trump’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump: Tough times but progress being made Giuliani touts experimental coronavirus treatment in private conversations with Trump Trump team picks fight with Twitter, TV networks over political speech MORE and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland pursued a “shadow campaign,” dictating policy on Ukraine.

Former Ukraine special envoy Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerGOP senators request details on Hunter Biden's travel for probe Yovanovitch retires from State Department: reports Live coverage: Senators enter second day of questions in impeachment trial MORE and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch also offered testimonies about the impeachment inquiry to lawmakers, among others like Sondland.  

Akerman alleged that, unlike Nixon’s loyal team of aides and employees, Trump’s allies may not be as open to guarding the president’s contacts with Ukraine.

“This is a situation where you’ve got a lot of people who are career people, extremely smart people who certainly don’t want their reputations smeared,” Akerman said. “Trump had to use these foreign services people and professionals. He didn’t speak Ukrainian and Russian. He couldn’t communicate his threat without these people. He was forced to use people whose loyalty was to the U.S. government and Constitution and not to him.”

He said the common theme among all of the witnesses, whether or not they are a Trump ally, is that “You’ve got Trump clearly involved.”

Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump late last month after a whistleblower complaint emerged alleging that Trump held up hundreds of millions in aid to Ukraine in exchange that the Ukrainian president “look into” the Bidens. No evidence of criminal wrongdoing from the Bidens has emerged.