Former White House attorney Ty Cobb warned that President Biden could be “in danger of retribution” if former President Trump wins the upcoming election, following Trump’s remarks as a panel ruled against his immunity claims.
“Well, I do believe that if Trump is elected that President Biden could be in danger of retribution,” Cobb told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Tuesday.” But I don’t believe there’s a legal basis for it and I don’t think it would go very far.”
Cobb was referring to Trump’s post he made Tuesday, in which he called for a U.S. president to have “Full immunity” to do “what has to be done for the good of the Country.”
A three-judge panel upheld a lower court ruling Tuesday that deemed Trump is not immune from criminal prosecution, blocking his efforts to toss his election interference federal case.
Trump said in a post that the ruling was “Nation-destroying,” and said it can’t be allowed to stand.
“If not overturned, as it should be, this decision would terribly injure not only the Presidency, but the Life, Breath, and Success of our Country,” Trump said.
“A President will be afraid to act for fear of the opposite Party’s Vicious Retribution after leaving Office,” his post continued, adding that he knows from personal experience.
Cobb, who served in the Trump administration, said the 44 presidents who preceded Trump “did not waste a second debating whether they should commit an intentional criminal act.” He added that he doesn’t “buy” Trump’s argument.
The lawyer said Trump claimed that the Supreme Court took away his immunity, which he dismissed and said “nobody since Nixon has believed that presidents are above criminal process.”
“So I think everything he said today, his rhetoric of his base, red meat, none of it’s true,” he said.
Trump is currently defending himself against 91 criminal charges among four state and federal criminal indictments. He is the front-runner to become the GOP’s nominee for the 2024 presidential election.
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