Donald Trump's 'Poor Me' Tweet Shows He's 'Very Much the Same' as Nixon As His Presidency Ended, Watergate Prosecutor Says

President Donald Trump's "poor me" tweet on Christmas Eve when he was alone in the White House due to the government shutdown bore a great resemblance to former President Richard Nixon's state before his presidency ended, a Watergate prosecutor said.

MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Wednesday said Trump was "alone, stewing in this empty White House" and asked Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman if he saw a resonance with Nixon's demeanor as the Watergate scandal escalated.

"Very much the same," Ackerman replied. "Nixon really kept to himself. He wound up sitting in front of the fire and just kind of ruminating to the point where his secretary of defense was so concerned that there was an alert to go out not to take any of his orders if he were to release any intercontinental ballistic missiles against Russia."

Ackerman, an MSNBC legal analyst, continued that people at the time were "really concerned" and referred back to Trump in saying, "I mean, he has got the entire wall falling in on him at this point."

Trump on Monday, the third day of the partial government shutdown, tweeted that "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."

The president added that "at some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more money than the Border Wall we are all talking about. Crazy!"

Ackerman suggested that Trump could possibly be in more trouble than Nixon, given the people in Trump's close circle that special counsel Robert Mueller has reeled in as he investigates Russian interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election.

"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."

Ackerman continued the comparison with Nixon.

"I don't think we ever had any witnesses in Watergate that were that close to Nixon," the analyst said.

Hayes said that it must be torturous for Trump knowing that something new could come out every day in Mueller's probe and what Ackerman thought about the time frame.

Ackerman noted that Mueller's investigation has gone about 19 months and "it's absolutely remarkable, 36 indictments or guilty pleas" since it started. The analyst said Mueller has put together pieces of Russian interference including hacking Democratic National Committee emails and "right now the only question is what Americans if any were involved in those conspiracies."

Trump's entanglement with the Mueller probe has previously drawn comparisons to the Watergate scandal and Nixon's fall. Flynn's guilty plea in December 2017 for lying to the FBI about his talks with a Russian ambassador during the presidential transition resembled "the defining moment" of the Nixon investigation, Ackerman told Newsweek at the time.

"Same principle here. Flynn could be charged with a whole series of very serious felonies, and he has obviously decided it was better to plead guilty to the FBI and to avoid charges under other felonies and to cooperate," Ackerman said. "You can rest assured that puts Trump and or his family in hot water."

Trump stayed in the White House over the Christmas instead of spending the holidays at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, as is his tradition, to deal with the shutdown. First lady Melania Trump left Florida to join him, so he was not "all alone" the whole time.

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