Watergate Prosecutor Shreds GOP 'Hearsay' Argument, Says He's Jailed People for 30-40 Years Based on Similar Testimony

Nick Akerman has rejected the GOP's argument that the impeachment accusations against President Trump were "hearsay"—he's jailed people for similar witness testimony, according to Mediaite.

Akerman made the comment during the website's impeachment debate, where he represented the pro-prosecution side while Breitbart News editor-at-large Joel Pollak argued against it. During the debate, the panel's moderator, founder Dan Abrams, asked Akerman if he was bothered by Democrats calling "witnesses [who] heard things from other people" to the stand during President Trump's impeachment hearings on November 13.

"No, not at all," Akerman replied after Abrams, "because people are sent away 30 years in prison for that."

"Those are statements in furthering a conspiracy, that is not considered hearsay in a court of law," he added. "Why was Richard Nixon an unindicted co-conspirator in the Watergate case? It was because we wanted to put into evidence his statements in furtherance of the conspiracy. The federal laws of evidence allow statements in furtherance of a conspiracy to be admitted against all conspirators, so in this particular case everyone is acting like as an agent for Donald Trump."

"Putting aside the admissibility, we don't have to apply the rules of that in an impeachment proceeding … does it bother you?" Abrams asked.

Akerman responded once more than he has "put people away for 30 or 40 years based on that kind of testimony."

He added that when a "person is a member of that conspiracy—and you got it right here in spades, with that [Trump-Ukraine call] transcript, and you've got it also with what [Gordan] Sondland said to Bill Taylor's representatives, that Trump cared more about the investigation into the Bidens than he did about Ukraine, that's all admissible against Donald Trump."

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Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman says that the GOP's 'hearsay' arguement is faulty - he's jailed people for 30-40 years on witness testimony. Bettmann/Getty

Akerman, a partner at the law firm Dorsey & Whitney, has 40 years of legal experience in complex litigation. He participated in the prosecution of the Watergate case when he was only 27 years old. During an NBC podcast about the Watergate trials, he compared Nixon to Trump.

"Well, Nixon had a certain respectability. Even though he was... He was clearly part of the establishment, he had been the vice president for Dwight D. Eisenhower, he had run against Kennedy. He had taken some tough knocks. Some people felt sorry for him, but I don't think anybody ever considered him to be as paranoid and as crooked as he turned out to be," Akerman said. "I think everybody was shocked."

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