Trump administration White House attorney Ty Cobb believes the former president is “in serious legal trouble” and that the investigation into the Mar-a-Lago papers is part of a broader investigation into crimes related to the riot. Capitol Building and Efforts to Overturn the 2020 Election.
He also thinks the former president’s actions on January 6 could prevent him from running for president again.
Speaking to CBS News podcast the takeaway foodCobb said, “It’s about the bigger picture, the January 6 issues, the false voters, the whole ‘big lie’ farce and the attempts to… desperately cling to the presidency.”
Cobb says he came to that conclusion because of the broad scope of the search warrant that allowed FBI agents into Donald Trump’s Palm Beach home.
“The search warrant is extraordinarily large and broad,” the former federal prosecutor told CBS Washington correspondent Major Garrett. “It’s very, very comprehensive in terms of the types of documents the government can take.”
“For example, you can take any box that has a document. You can take any crate adjacent to a crate that has it,” she added. “These are pretty broad parameters.”
Regarding the former president’s legal prospects, Cobb said, “I think the president is in serious legal trouble, not so much because of the search, but because of the obstructive activity he carried out in connection with the January 6 lawsuit.”
“I think that and the attempts to interfere with the election count in Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania and maybe Michigan. This was the first time in American history that a president unconstitutionally attempted to remain in power illegally,” he added.
Cobb believes the possibility of an indictment against Trump is “very high”.
On the former president’s motives for denying the 2020 election result and trying to overturn the results, Cobb said: self-interest or revenge.”
He added: “I think those are the two compelling instincts that guide your actions.”
Furthermore, Cobb thinks that Trump’s actions on January 6, 2021 could lead to him being barred from running for president again.
“There is a simple way to disqualify President Trump,” Cobb said. “He clearly violated the 14th Amendment to Article III of the Constitution when he provided relief and comfort and three hours of inaction regarding what was happening on Capitol grounds. This clearly gave help and comfort to the insurgents.”
Cobb represented the White House during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into suspected collusion with Russia in the run-up to the 2016 election. No charges were brought against Trump in that inquiry.