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Watergate Prosecutor: Trump Is Acting Guilty

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Nick Akerman, a former assistant special prosecutor who worked on the Watergate investigation during the Nixon administration, has asserted that President Donald Trump's alleged attempts to squash the federal probe into Russia indicate that he is guilty of a crime.

On Aug. 24, Akerman offered his take on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Russian government's alleged interference during the 2016 presidential race and whether members of the Trump campaign had helped those disruption efforts.

"The question is ... did the campaign collude with the Russians?" Akerman told MSNBC. "Do the Russians have something over Donald Trump that has made him basically criticize everyone else in the world except [Russian President Vladimir Putin]? Those are the questions that I'd be asking."

That same day, sources familiar with the congressional investigations into Russia disclosed that the probes found evidence that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn may have attempted to arrange a meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential race, according to CNN.

Akerman asserted that the general public was possibly still unaware of many of the Mueller probe's findings, despite the numerous press leaks from the Russia inquiries.

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"We don't know what Mueller's staff knows," Akerman continued. "For all we know, we may just have the tip of the iceberg on this."

In the former Watergate prosecutor's view, the president has exhibited signs that he does not want the findings of Mueller's probe to come to light.

"Now it appears he's directly lobbying Congress to try and ensure that he has a way to get rid of the investigation," Akerman said.

At an undisclosed date in late July, Trump allegedly called the Senate Foreign Relations Chairman, GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, and urged him to withdraw his legislation to slap a series of sanctions on Russia. On Aug. 7, Trump also reportedly called GOP Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina to criticize a bill he was co-sponsoring that would prohibit the president from firing Mueller, Politico reports.

On Aug. 9, Trump allegedly had a heated phone call with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Trump reportedly accused McConnell of not minimizing the Mueller probe and other congressional investigations into Russia, The New York Times reports.

"It seems [Trump] is just always focused on Russia," said a senior GOP aide who had requested anonymity.

Akerman asserted that these alleged phone discussions fit into a pattern of Trump attempting to squash the Mueller investigation.

"All of this comes down to one simple fact," Akerman said. "You have someone who is acting extremely guilty, someone who is acting in a way that he realized that time is running out, and he's taking all kinds of desperate moves to try and stop this investigation."

Sources: CNNMSNBC, The New York TimesPolitico / Featured Image: Arlington National Cemetery/Flickr / Embedded Images: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr, The White House/Wikimedia Commons

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