In a legal panel interview on Tuesday, former Watergate prosecutor and MSNBC analyst Nick Akerman explained why he thinks Donald Trump's former "fixer" Michael Cohen is secretly cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller.
Earlier on Tuesday, CNBC reported that Mueller kept questioning witnesses about Cohen long after investigators with the Southern District of New York raided him earlier in 2018.
Responding to the report, Akerman announced that he believes the president's former attorney is cooperating with both the SDNY and the special counsel.
The plea deal Cohen entered last week was, according to the Watergate prosecutor, "exactly the same plea agreement that I did with a client about a summer ago where there was also contemporaneous cooperation agreement that was put under seal at the same time in the judge's chambers."
"I think the same thing is going on here," Akerman said, adding that there's "no way" the deal would have been so specifically "tailored the way it was unless it was being orchestrated by the Mueller team." Furthermore, he doesn't believe Cohen would have agreed to those terms without such a plea agreement.
The prosecutor went on to cite the "odd situation" in which Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis walked back a statement claiming his client was prepared to testify with information about the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting as further evidence that the former Trump "fixer" is cooperating with Mueller.
"[Davis] went over his bounds," Akerman said. "He started talking too much about what it was his client does know about the Trump Tower meeting and other aspects of the Russian investigation, and the Mueller team came down on him like a ton of bricks and told him that if he continued to do that or his client continued to do that that there would be no cooperation agreement."
"That's basically been the way that the Mueller team has worked," the prosecutor concluded, citing the lack of publicity from former Trump aides Michael Flynn and Richard Gates as another piece of proof.
Watch below, via MSNBC: