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.”
Former Trump White House lawyer Ty Cobb: “I think Bob Mueller’s an American hero… 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.” https://t.co/ZDvx2b6A2B pic.twitter.com/Kadg9ht2Bx
— CNN (@CNN) March 5, 2019
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.
— Andrew C Laufer, Esq (@lauferlaw) March 5, 2019
Ty Cobb steps up to the plate. I mean podcast. https://t.co/sx7AFlUZUj
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) March 5, 2019
Breaking: Former Trump White House lawyer Ty Cobb says that he thinks Bob Mueller is an American hero and doesn't believe the Russia probe is a witch hunt.
Well, it looks like the tables are turning around and all of Trump defenders are now running to where the truth is. Great!
— Ambassador Rob (@RobertoWinsSher) March 5, 2019
Former Trump lawyer Ty Cobb called Robert Mueller an "American hero" and said the special counsel investigation is "not a Witch Hunt." I suspect that once Individual 1 is awake and into Executive Time, he'll be trashing his former attorney, just like he trashed Michael Cohen.
— LaurenBaratzLogsted (@LaurenBaratzL) March 5, 2019
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.