A former White House lawyer with a famous baseball pitcher’s name stated former President Donald Trump will probably be indicted.
Ty Cobb was an attorney in the Trump administration who helped represent the 45th president during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian collusion.
The lawyer noted the overly broad language in the warrant used to search the former president’s Florida home. Cobb extrapolated the search parameters into indications the Justice Department searched Mar-a-Lago for evidence about possible criminal acts committed by Trump related to the Capitol riot.
“I think the president is in serious legal water, not so much because of the search, but because of the obstructive activity he took in connection with the Jan. 6 proceeding,” Cobb told CBS News. He did not elaborate on why Trump engaged in “obstructive activity” and repeated Democratic-backed claims that Jan. 6 was carried out by “insurrectionists.”
Cobb opined the possibility of an indictment against Trump is “very high.”
The former Trump administration attorney then said words sure to warm the hearts of beltway Democrats.
“There is a simple way to disqualify President Trump,” Cobb said. “He clearly violated the 14th Amendment of the Constitution’s Article III when he gave aid and comfort and three hours of inaction with regard to what was happening on the grounds of the Capitol.”
“That clearly gave aid and comfort to the insurrectionists.”
He is apparently among those who discount Trump’s remark urging Washington, D.C., rallygoers to “peacefully and patriotically march to the capitol.”
Cobb believes the “unusually large and broad” search warrant requested by the FBI was worded to allow the feds to find evidence of crimes other than the stated purpose of securing classified documents.
The warrant is “very, very comprehensive in terms of the types of documents that the government could take,” Cobb explained. “For example, you can take any box that has a document. You can take any box adjacent to a box that has it … Those are pretty broad parameters.”
In a room filled with boxes of documents, that would basically mean finding one document with a classification would allow the FBI to seize every box in Trump’s document room. Cobb’s theory is Justice Department lawyers hope to find evidence of crimes related to the Capitol riot, or obstruction of justice.
If the Biden administration’s objective is to prevent Trump from becoming president again, that would make sense. If that is the case, a Trump-appointed judge threw a monkey wrench in the works when she announced plans to appoint a special master to review documents seized during the 10-hour raid of Mar-a-Lago.
Until then, District Court Judge Aileen Cannon ruled, Justice Department lawyers may not use any seized document for their investigation unless the special master signs off on it. The DOJ announced it plans to appeal.
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