Ex-Watergate prosecutor lays out Mueller's Trump-Russia case: ‘The quid-pro-quo was the dropping of sanctions’
US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017 (AFP)

Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman analyzed the direction of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in the wake of this week's bombshell reports on the White House. Ackerman was interviewed during "All In with Chris Hayes" on Wednesday.

"What we're dealing with here is a conspiracy to break in to the Democratic National Committee, steal emails, and use those emails to help Trump get elected," Ackerman suggested. "And the quid-pro-quo for that was the dropping of sanctions."

"We should say, there is reporting indicating that was the order that was sent sort of top-down on day one, was 'we want to get rid of the sanctions' and there was a rebellion in the state department," Hayes interjected.

"If you go to the other end of the conspiracy, what you have is the June 9th meeting, where you've got the email to Don, Jr stating that they're going to bring all of this dirt on Hillary Clinton up to New York to this meeting from Russia, the dirt is the equivalent of the e-mails," Ackerman continued. "So all of these emails come up to New York, they realize it's too hot to handle, the campaign..."

"This is again, I have to be clear, this is the Nick Ackerman theory of the case of what happened," Hayes interrupted.

"But this is exactly where it's going, because what happens next is within days, Roger Stone is dealing with Guccifer 2.0, he's dealing with WikiLeaks, we know he's dealing because the new communications just came out that contradict what he was saying about his later dealings," Ackerman noted. "And then what happens all of the stuff gets released from Guccifer 2.0. it gets released through WikiLeaks. there are contacts between Don, Jr and WikiLeaks."