In Washington, the escalating attacks by former President Donald Trump on court officials, including a recent call for a "citizens' arrest" of New York Attorney General Letitia James and state Judge Arthur Engoron, could potentially lead to his imprisonment, according to Ty Cobb, a former special counsel in the Trump White House.
According to USAToday, Cobb, who also served as a Justice Department official, expressed concern over Trump's continuous aggressive behavior.
Trump's recent activities include reposting a Truth Social user's call for the "citizen's arrest" of James and Engoron, which he later deleted.
James has filed a lawsuit against Trump and his family members for alleged bank fraud, and Judge Engoron, overseeing the case, has already fined Trump $15,000 for violating a gag order.
In addition to this, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, presiding over a federal case accusing Trump of attempting to steal the 2020 presidential election, has issued a gag order on Trump. Despite this, Trump continues to target both Chutkan and Special Counsel Jack Smith through social media and public speeches.
Cobb, in a CNN interview, warned that Trump's actions could lead to serious consequences. He suggested that Trump's inflammatory comments might not only result in sanctions but could also lead to his incarceration pending trials. Cobb emphasized the potential for Trump's remarks to intimidate witnesses and disrupt legal proceedings.
Trump, who has consistently claimed that the cases against him are politically motivated, views the gag orders as an infringement on his right to free speech.
However, Cobb believes that judges like Chutkan might soon take a different stance on these actions. He expressed that it wouldn't be surprising to see Trump spend time in jail, given the circumstances.