Former White House lawyer Ty Cobb, who once acted as the liaison between the Trump administration and special counsel Robert Mueller, said that he thinks Mueller is an "American hero." He also said that while he did not think that the investigation would prove collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia, he also did not view the investigation as a "witch hunt."
What did Cobb say?
Unlike former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, Cobb said that he was "not embarrassed" for having been the lawyer to the presidency (although he specified that he had represented the office, not the person). He described the job as "a challenging environment" but "a fascinating task."
Cobb said that while the decision ultimately rested with the president, he was the one who suggested that he hand over all documents to Mueller's team. He said that Trump "did not fight the special counsel in terms of evidentiary request" and that he "never had a bad interaction with Mueller or his staff."
When he was asked if he thought Mueller's investigation was a fraud, Cobb disagreed:
I think Bob Mueller's an American hero. I think Bob Mueller's a guy that you know even though he came from an, arguably, privileged background, you know, 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 -- I think the world of Bob Mueller. He is a very deliberate guy. And he -- but he's also a class act. And a very -- justice oriented person.
He said that while he didn't think the investigation was a "witch hunt," he wished that "it had happened on a quicker timetable."
He also pointed out that in the indictments to date, including of Russian hackers and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, there was "no link to Trump or the campaign."
During the course of the interview, Cobb also revealed that the legendary Hall of Fame baseball player who shares his name was a "distant cousin" of his grandfather.