According to Ty Cobb, a former lawyer for Donald Trump, the evidence against the former president regarding his handling of classified documents is now “overwhelming” and is expected to have long-lasting implications.
This statement comes after new charges were filed in the case on Thursday. Cobb expressed his belief that the initial indictment was designed to stand the test of time, and the subsequent superseding indictment will persist for an extended period. He described the case as exceedingly strong, with an abundance of compelling evidence.
In June, special counsel Jack Smith indicted Trump on 37 counts related to his handling of classified records after his tenure at the White House.
On Thursday, a superseding indictment was filed in a Florida court, outlining four additional charges.
The indictment also included charges against Carlos De Oliveira, a maintenance worker at Mar-a-Lago, and Walt Nauta, Trump’s valet. Nauta had previously pleaded not guilty.
Trump is accused of attempting to destroy evidence and influencing someone else to do the same.
Additionally, he faces a new charge under the Espionage Act for retaining a document about US plans to attack Iran, which he famously discussed on tape.
Trump maintains his innocence, both in the documents case and other ongoing investigations, such as the criminal probe in New York involving 34 charges related to hush-money payments to an adult film star.
On Thursday night, Trump voiced his grievances on his Truth Social platform, expressing discontent with another investigation into Joe Biden’s handling of classified material. He also referred to Smith as “deranged.”
A spokesperson dismissed the new charges as nothing more than an ongoing attempt by the Biden administration to harass Trump and those associated with him.
During a conversation with conservative radio host John Fredericks, Trump claimed to have handed over security video footage, which prosecutors now allege he had ordered to be deleted.
Trump stated that the footage consisted of security tapes and emphasized that they had been handed over to the authorities, expressing uncertainty about the prosecution’s claims.
Smith is expected to indict Trump in relation to his alleged attempts to subvert the election. Prosecutors in Georgia are also anticipated to pursue charges against the former president for his efforts to overturn his defeat by Biden in the state.
In addition to these legal challenges, Trump is facing investigations into his business affairs and is currently held liable for sexual abuse and defamation against writer E Jean Carroll, resulting in a fine of approximately $5 million.
However, despite these legal issues, Trump’s popularity within his party remains unaffected. Early polling for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential race shows Trump leading by a significant margin in key voting states and enjoying a roughly 30-point advantage over his closest competitor, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, in national polls.
Trump asserted that even if convicted and sentenced, he would not end his campaign, claiming that the recent actions were an attempt to intimidate people into fabricating lies about him, despite his insistence on his innocence.
Cobb, who previously represented Trump during the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian election interference and Trump’s alleged ties to Moscow, stated that it is challenging to comprehend Trump’s assertion that his lawyers met with Smith to clarify his innocence in the election subversion case, especially considering the overwhelming evidence of additional wrongdoing produced by Smith on the same day.
Cobb also expressed certainty that Trump had been advised by his own lawyers not to tamper with or obstruct the grand jury subpoena in any way.
He highlighted that Trump’s actions not only disregarded the prosecutors but also went against the advice of his own legal team while engaging with Nauta and De Oliveira, individuals whom Cobb described as fiercely loyal.