Jun 20, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Former Watergate prosecutor: Trump has "zero" defense in Georgia probe

Former U.S. President Donald Trump gives the keynote address at the Faith & Freedom Coalition on June 17.

Former President Trump gives the keynote address at the Faith & Freedom Coalition on June 17 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo: Seth Herald/Getty Images

Former President Trump's taped phone call pressing Georgia's Republican secretary of state in January 2021 to "find 11,780 votes" should be enough" to indict him, a former Watergate prosecutor told MSNBC on Sunday.

Why it matters: Officials in Georgia are investigating allegations that Trump attempted to interfere with the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in the state.

A screenshot of former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman's tweet saying Trump could be imprisoned for election interference in Georgia.
Screenshot: Nick Akerman/Twitter

Between the lines: Trump's "only defense" of his call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was "to somehow pick up on some ambiguity in the tape, that he did not really mean what he said," Akerman told host Katie Phang.

Yes, but: "Once you look at what he said, trying to get Brad Raffensperger to come up with extra votes to make him a winner in Georgia, and put in the context about the January 6th committee has found, I think they have gotten a case beyond a reasonable doubt," Akerman said

The bottom line: "What is significant with those tapes is that when you put it in context of all of the evidence that the January 6 committee has uncovered — you put that together, Donald Trump has zero defense in Georgia," Akerman said.

The other side: Trump, who's attacked Raffensperger since leaving office over his voter integrity conduct, said in a post on his platform Truth Social Sunday: "My phone call to the Georgia Secretary of State, with many other people, including numerous lawyers, knowingly on the line, was absolutely PERFECT and appropriate."

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