Ty Cobb, who was a White House counsel during former President Donald Trump’s administration, suspects a Justice Department investigation into whether Trump misrepresented White House documents — some of them highly classified — in fact. It is about a comprehensive investigation into possible crimes related to January. 6, 2021, the Capitol riot and attempts to reverse the 2020 election.
“It’s about the big picture, the January 6th issue, the fake voters, the whole scandal regarding the ‘big lie’ and … of the “The Takeout” podcast,” Cobb said in this week’s episode.
One clue, for former federal prosecutor Cobb, was the scope of an authorized warrant to search Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound.
“The search warrant is unusually large and comprehensive,” Cobb told CBS chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett. “It’s too broad in terms of the kind of documents the government can take.”
“For example, you can take any box that contains a document. You can take any box next to the box that contains it,” he said. “Those are very broad parameters.”
Cobb represented the White House during the 2016 election of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into suspected Trump collusion with Russian entities. That investigation did not yield any charges against Trump.
Garrett asked Cobb about his White House experience seeing Trump deal with documents — regular or classified.
“The president … was cautioned several times not to tear down documents,” Cobb said. “In my own experience, I must say, nothing was really as consequential as the press reports I read. I saw her tearing up newspaper articles, which sadly tapered some employees back together. Will be the end of the day. I’ve seen him tear up important documents, but I’ve never seen him tear down a classified document or anything important.”
As for Trump’s legal future, Cobb said he doesn’t think scrutinizing documents is the biggest threat.
“I think the president is in serious legal water, not so much because of the discovery, but because of the obstructive activity he did in relation to the January 6 proceedings,” Cobb said. “I think that and attempts to interfere with electoral counts in Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and perhaps Michigan. This was the first time in American history that a president had attempted to remain in power unconstitutionally illegally.”
Cobb says he thinks the prospect of an indictment against Trump is “very high.”
Responding to a question about Trump’s attempts to negate the outcome of the 2020 election and reverse the results, Cobb said, based on his extensive working relationship with Trump, “I believe former President Trump There is a deeply wounded narcissist, and he is often unable to act other than his perceived selfishness or revenge,” Cobb said. “I think it’s these two compelling instincts that guide his actions.”
Cobb also thinks that Trump’s actions surrounding the attack on the Capitol on January 6th could prevent him from running for president again.
“There’s an easy way to disqualify President Trump,” Cobb said. “He clearly violated the 14th Amendment to Article III of the Constitution when he granted aid and rest and three hours of inaction with regard to what was happening on the grounds of the Capitol. This clearly gave aid and comfort to the rebels.” Gave.”
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