Watergate prosecution partner, Carter staff member react to President Trump controversy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. —
Linda Peek Schacht believes White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had credibility when he went into the job.
She believes he started losing it the day he claimed President Trump's inauguration had the largest audience in history.
Schacht served as a spokesperson for former President Jimmy Carter's administration and worked as his press secretary during the 1980 campaign.
She now serves as Lipscomb University's leader in residence in Nashville. Schacht believes Spicer's credibility is a problem caused by the president, who sometimes contradicts his staff.
"Sean Spicer is doing the best job he can do given the President he's been handed," Schacht said. "It's very similar to what happened with Ron Ziggler in the Nixon White House, when he would have to go into the briefing room and tell reporters what I said yesterday was inoperative."
That's the only comparison Schacht is ready to make to the Watergate scandal that forced then President Nixon out of office.
Some have been making comparisons between Watergate and President Trump's controversy over the investigation into Russia's involvement in the election.
Nashville attorney Aubrey Harwell believes it's off the mark.
"Watergate involved a cover up at the highest level of the executive branch of our government," Harwell said. "This doesn't involve that."
Harwell's late law partner Jim Neal served as Watergate's lead prosecutor.
He said President Trump's handling of the Russian investigation shouldn't be compared to the famous scandal even if President Trump did attempt to influence the FBI investigation.
"It's one thing to know of acts that have occurred and insist they be hidden," said Harwell. "Obstruction of justice compared to what apparently was a casual comment. Like let the guys go they're just different."