READ: Ty Cobb Says Robert Mueller Is an ‘American Hero’, Calls Him ‘a Class Act. And a Very Justice-Oriented Person’

He didn’t get the memo.

Ty Cobb, who once represented the White House as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference intensified, disagrees with President Donald Trump’s assertion that the probe is a “witch hunt,” and referred to Mueller as “an American hero.”

“I don’t feel the same way about Mueller,” Cobb told ABC. “I don’t feel the investigation is a witch hunt.”

He later offered high praise for Mueller, saying he has “a backbone of steel”:

“I think Bob Mueller’s an American hero … even though he came from an, arguably, privileged background, he has a backbone of steel. He walked into a firefight in Vietnam to pull out one of his injured colleagues and was appropriately honored for that. I’ve known him for 30 years as a prosecutor and a friend. And I think the world of Bob Mueller. He is a very deliberate guy. But he’s also a class act. And a very justice-oriented person.”

Cobb joined the White House legal team six months into Trump’s term. Cobb says there was an important distinction between those who represented the president and his own client: “the presidency.”

“My legal obligations were to the institution,” he said, and with that in mind, he says he can’t agree with Trump’s view of the investigation. Moreover, he claims to have “never had a bad interaction with Mueller or his staff.”

To many, Cobb’s remarks served as a further indication that the president’s claims that he is the target of a “witch hunt” are unwarranted.

Cobb also recalls that he clashed with other members of Trump’s legal team when he advocated for “dignified cooperation,” which led the administration to embark on a more transparent route with Mueller’s investigators, sharing thousands of internal documents and making officials available for interviews. However, such cooperation only happened because Trump happened to agree with the strategy.

“I was the one that advised it. But the president did make the decision,” Cobb said.

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