Ty Cobb, White House special counsel, reported that he believes that President Trump will soon get “a clean bill of health” in the Russia collusion investigation. That’s the good news. But the bad news is that he also believes former Trump advisers Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn could be in legal jeopardy.
That appears to be what he wrote in emails he thought were going to White House social media director Dan Scavino.
“I have great confidence there is nothing there implicating the President or the White House. Manafort and Flynn have issues separate and apart from the [White House] that will cause the investigation to linger but am hoping we get a clean bill of health soon,” Cobb wrote in an email on Wednesday.
Those comments from Cobb were probably not intended for the public. But they were published on Thursday by a prankster posing as Scavino and released to Business Insider.
The report in Business Insider focuses on the email exchange between Cobb and the fake Scavino regarding the news outlet’s reporter, Natasha Bertrand. Cobb recently exchanged a series of critical emails with Bertrand.
In one of the emails with the prankster, Cobb asked the fake Scavino if he had “any drone time left.” This comment may be in reference to using an aerial drone on Bertrand.
But the most significant information sent to the prankster is that he believes that Mueller will clear Trump, and that may not be true about Manafort and Flynn. Cobb has not responded to a request for comment on the emails.
Both Manafort and Flynn are supposedly being investigated over their work for foreign governments and other business activities. Manafort worked as a consultant for a Ukrainian political party allied with Vladimir Putin, and made millions doing so. And as a Trump campaign adviser, Flynn was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for his consulting work for a Turkish businessman with links to the Turkish government.
Cobb has challenged that it is a felony to impersonate a government official. The email prankster is reportedly a British citizen who has a record of pranking the White House and Trump allies. In July, he successfully pranked White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert by pretending to be Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. He also pranked Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow by posing as Steve Bannon.
If you click here you can read the entire email exchange.
Do you think Cobb’s comments in the emails are accurate? What should be done to the email prankster?