According to a report by Mediaite on Thursday, February 1, 2024, former White House lawyer Ty Cobb has made a surprising claim about Donald Trump’s legal fate, saying that the former president will not be incarcerated before the next inauguration, even if he is convicted of any crimes.
Cobb, who served as Trump’s lawyer from 2017 to 2018, made the statement in an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett on Monday night.
He was asked about the recent ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court that removed Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot, citing his ineligibility as a presidential candidate.
Cobb said that Trump will see the ruling as a “vindication” and a “win”, because it means that he can avoid the state’s campaign finance laws and disclosure requirements.
He also said that Trump will not be deterred from running again, despite the numerous legal challenges he faces.
“He’s not going to be incarcerated before the inauguration,” Cobb said. “He’s not going to be convicted before the inauguration. And if he wins, he can make it go away.”
Cobb did not elaborate on how Trump could “make it go away”, but he implied that he could use his presidential powers to pardon himself or his associates, or to interfere with the investigations.
Trump is currently facing several criminal and civil probes in New York, Georgia, and Washington, D.C., related to his business dealings, his tax returns, his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results, and his role in inciting the January 6 Capitol riot.
Some legal experts have argued that Trump could be indicted and arrested before the 2024 election if the prosecutors find enough evidence to charge him.
Others have suggested that Trump could be tried and convicted after he leaves office, even if he wins a second term because the Constitution does not explicitly prohibit it.
However, Cobb dismissed these scenarios as unlikely, saying that Trump has a “very strong legal team” and that the cases against him are “weak” and “politically motivated”.
He also said that Trump has a “very loyal base” and a “very good chance” of winning the Republican nomination and the general election, despite his low approval ratings and his loss of social media platforms.
Cobb’s comments drew criticism from some legal analysts and commentators, who accused him of spreading misinformation and undermining the rule of law.
They pointed out that Cobb has a history of making inaccurate and misleading statements about Trump’s legal situation, such as claiming that the Russia investigation would end soon and that Trump would cooperate fully with the special counsel.
They also noted that Cobb has a conflict of interest, as he is still representing Trump in some matters and could benefit from his continued influence and popularity.
Cobb’s interview came amid growing speculation about Trump’s political future, as he prepares to hold his first rally since leaving office in Ohio on Saturday.
Trump has not officially announced his plans for 2024, but he has repeatedly hinted that he will run again and that he is the rightful winner of the 2020 election.
He has also continued to attack his political opponents, including President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and some of his former allies, such as former Vice President Mike Pence and former Attorney General William Barr.
Trump’s supporters have expressed their enthusiasm and loyalty to him, saying that he is the only leader who can save the country from the Democrats and the “deep state”.
However, Trump’s critics have warned that he poses a grave threat to democracy and national security and that he should be held accountable for his actions and words.
They have also urged the Republican Party to distance itself from Trump and to embrace a more diverse and moderate agenda.
The debate over Trump’s legacy and future is likely to intensify as the 2024 election cycle approaches, and as the legal battles over his conduct and finances unfold.
Whether Trump will be able to run again, and whether he will face any consequences for his alleged crimes, remains to be seen.