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Former Trump White House lawyer Ty Cobb called ex-President Donald Trump a “deeply wounded narcissist” who acted in a “criminal” manner when he pushed then-Vice President Mike Pence to dam Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 election win.
In a latest interview, Cobb also said Trump’s conduct on Jan. 6, 2021, while a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol, could — at the least theoretically — result in him being barred from searching for the presidency.
“There is an easy strategy to disqualify President Trump,” Cobb told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett in an interview on “The Takeout” podcast.
“He clearly violated the 14th Amendment of the Structure’s Article III when he gave aid and luxury and three hours of inaction with regard to what was happening on the grounds of the Capitol,” he said.
“That clearly gave aid and luxury to the insurrectionists,” said Cobb, who added that a joint declaration by each chambers of Congress could on those grounds block Trump from with the ability to regain the White House.
Spokesmen for Trump didn’t immediately reply to requests for comment on Cobb’s remarks.
A former federal prosecutor, Cobb from mid-2017 to mid-2018 managed the Trump White House’s legal response to then-special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference within the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Within the interview, Cobb blasted Trump for what he called “the large lie” in denying after the 2020 election that he had lost to Biden. He also criticized the previous president for his pressure campaign on Pence to not certify slates of electors from individual states that gave Biden his margin of victory within the Electoral College.
“Interfering with Pence, saying Mike deserves this when individuals are shouting ‘Kill Pence,’ I believe that is outrageous,” Cobb said.
“I believe interfering with what the vp was obligated to do, trying to steer him in a really aggressive effort to not certify the election, and to send certain electors back, I believe that was criminal,” he added.
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Cobb also said he believes the probabilities of Trump being indicted by the Department of Justice are “very high.”
That statement got here days after William Barr, who served as U.S. attorney general within the Trump administration, said he believes the DOJ is “getting very close” to having enough evidence to criminally charge Trump.
The Justice Department is investigating Trump for the removal of hundreds of presidency documents, a few of them highly classified, from the White House when he left office in January 2021.
Cobb said he suspects the FBI recovered documents which may be related to Trump’s efforts to stay in office during its Aug. 8 raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.
“This was the primary time in American history that a president unconstitutionally tried to stay in power illegally, and in my very own view … I think that may merit prosecution,” Cobb said.
“I believe the president is in serious legal water, not a lot due to search, but due to obstructive activity he took in reference to the Jan. 6 proceeding,” Cobb said.
“I believe that and the attempts to interfere within the election count in Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania and maybe Michigan,” he added.
Asked about Trump’s claims that he actually won the 2020 election, Cobb said, “I think former President Trump to be a deeply wounded narcissist, and he is commonly incapable of acting aside from in his perceived self-interest or for revenge.”
‘”I believe those are the 2 compelling instincts that guide his actions,” Cobb said.
“He doesn’t consider he lost. I think that,” he said.