Special counsel Robert Mueller is an “American hero” and the Russia investigation is legitimate, not a hoax, according to former White House counsel Ty Cobb.
Cobb, who joined the White House legal team six months into President Donald Trump’s tenure, said on ABC News' podcast The Investigation that it is unlikely Mueller’s final report will cause serious political harm to the president, but he does not “feel the investigation is a witch hunt.”
“I think Bob Mueller's an American hero … even though he came from an, arguably, privileged background, he has a backbone of steel,” Cobb said. “He walked into a firefight in Vietnam to pull out one of his injured colleagues and was appropriately honored for that.”
He continued: “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 lasted ten months with Trump, who the attorney said grew “increasingly frustrated by the way the investigation was eating into his presidency, particularly as he sought to pursue a foreign policy agenda.”
Though Trump took Cobb’s advice on cooperating with Mueller, which saw the White House turn over thousands of pages of documents, eventually their differing opinions on how to approach the investigation led Cobb to the door.
Trump was itching to pursue a more combative strategy.
“In my first nine-and-a-half months … I was able to prevent the president from going on the attack against Mueller,” Cobb said. “It wasn't really until [White House attorney John] Dowd sent out a critical tweet of Mueller and Rudy [Giuliani] joined the team that the president felt unleashed.”
Cobb also offered a warning to the president, as reports swirl around that Mueller’s investigation will soon conclude: “[I]t's never going to be over. I mean, this is going to go through 2020. And if the president is reelected, it'll go beyond that.”