By Steve Neavling
Nick Akerman knows a thing or two about corruption in the White House: He was one of the Watergate prosecutors who helped bring down President Nixon.
So what did Akerman think of Michael Cohen implicating his former longtime client, President Trump, on Tuesday?
“There’s no question about it,” Akerman told MSNBC. “This makes the president of the United States an unindicted co-conspirator.”
The ominous term, “unindicted co-conspirator,” was used by the Watergate grand jury to describe Nixon’s involvement in the scandal.
“This is the first time this has happened since Richard Nixon was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Watergate trial,” Akerman said. “This is a big deal.”
Akerman wasn’t alone in using the Watergate-era phrase to describe Trump.
“If the prosecutors accept what is in this indictment, then the president just became an unindicted co-conspirator,” said Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University. “If they believe that what’s in this indictment was true, and that he was directed to make this payment … then the president just became an unindicted co-conspirator, and he could become an indicted co-conspirator depending on the timing and circumstances.”