A former White House lawyer has suggested that former President Donald Trump could soon find himself facing legal repercussions.
Ty Cobb, who worked as an Assistant US Attorney and was part of Trump’s legal counsel from July 2017 to May 2018, speculates that the ex-president might be sentenced to prison time due to an active inquiry into his alleged mishandling of confidential documents.
Special Counsel Jack Smith is leading a probe into charges of criminal malfeasance by Trump.
In a discussion with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Cobb underscored the significant evidence against Trump. This includes Trump’s relocation of documents sought by the Department of Justice, fraudulent affidavits, and distortions made on his behalf. Cobb described the case against Trump as compelling and suggested that he could face incarceration.
The probes into Trump’s conduct cover various purported transgressions, such as his role in the US Capitol insurrection, efforts to overturn the 2020 election outcome in Georgia, the hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels, and a tax evasion case lodged by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
The National Archives and Records Administration has also notified Trump of its intention to deliver 16 records to Special Counsel Smith, possibly providing further proof of Trump’s handling of confidential data.
Cobb rejected the notion that establishing a breach of the Espionage Act is necessary, asserting that sufficient evidence exists of Trump’s mishandling of classified documents. Despite these accusations, Trump maintains his innocence in all active probes, claiming his authority to disclose information under the Presidential Records Act.
Bill Barr, the ex-US Attorney General who served under the Trump administration, also expressed his belief that the case involving classified documents poses a substantial legal risk to Trump. Barr emphasized that Trump had no legitimate reason to possess these documents and could face severe penalties if he tried to obstruct their return.