Donald Trump’s former White House lawyer Ty Cobb says Congress has already received the evidence it needs to bar the twice-impeached former president from running for any office again.
Appearing on CNN on Wednesday, Cobb noted that testimony presented during the January 6 hearings — which painted an image of Trump sitting in the White House watching television as insurgents stormed the Capitol — combined with tweeting him that former Vice President Mike Pence ‘didn’t have the guts to do what was necessary’ after refusing to overturn the 2020 election results sets a pretty clear path to criminal charges.
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“Pence’s tweet, coupled with the three hours of inaction, in my view, easily falls within the definition of aiding and comforting insurgents, and it is standard under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. , which Congress has at its disposal. “, explained Cobb. “I do not understand for life why instead of telling the Department of Justice what to do, that they do not act alone, because if they have an idea from Congress, the penalty of to find Trump guilty of giving aid and comfort to an insurrection is a disqualification forever.
It is of course expected that Trump intends to run again in the 2024 presidential race and it is only a question of whether he will officially announce his campaign before or after the midterm. of November. Congress going ahead with Cobb’s proposal would virtually put an end to those efforts.
“I think Congress has the way here,” Cobb said.
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Elsewhere in the segment, Trump’s former White House defense attorney noted that the existing evidence makes it extremely difficult for the former president to claim he didn’t see what was going on for what it was. ‘was. Trump’s quote of “willful blindness” just doesn’t add up, given he had briefings on the rally before January 6, the election results had already been disputed and determined – he must have known “that they were acting on a frivolous legal theory,” Cobb said.
“There is considerable evidence that his own legal advisers, including [John] Eastman on January 4 acknowledged that, you know, they were acting on a frivolous legal theory,” he said. “I think it’s very detrimental to someone who wants to argue willful blindness.”
Regardless of the continued content of the Jan. 6 investigations, however, Cobb noted that Trump would continue to act as he always has and use the attention as an opportunity to promote his self-serving message.
“While Trump may make this defense, I think he’s more likely to use the trial to address his themes that he’s all-powerful, he’s been had [and] he is the only one defending the country,” Cobb said.
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