|Born||1950 (age 68–69)|
|Education||Harvard University (AB)|
Georgetown University (JD)
Cobb is the son of Grover C. Cobb, a Kansas radio station owner who was senior executive vice-president of the National Association of Broadcasters (which named one of their prestigious awards for him). Cobb's father was vice-president and general manager of KVGB (AM)/FM in Great Bend, and had a key role in forming the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. Cobb reportedly is a distant relative of the Hall of Fame baseball player bearing the same name. Cobb spent his childhood in rural Kansas.
Cobb served as a law clerk for a federal judge, and then in the U.S. Attorney's office in Baltimore as chief of the criminal section and head of the region's drug enforcement and organized crime task force. In 1986, he joined the Baltimore law firm Miles and Stockbridge. Two years later, he joined Hogan & Hartson, which became Hogan Lovells.
Cobb successfully defended Hudson Foods against allegations that its executives lied to investigators after a recall of beef tainted with E. coli. The executives were acquitted on all charges. He represented Democratic fundraiser John Huang against campaign finance charges. Huang pleaded guilty in 1999. Other high-profile clients have included Eli Segal, Mary McCarthy, AIG, Office Depot, the House of Saud, IBM, and Medtronic.
Cobb joined the White House to manage matters related to the ongoing investigations into Russian election interference, starting on July 31, 2017. Cobb was part of the White House internal legal team and reported directly to President Trump.
Cobb said that he accepted the White House assignment because "it was an impossible task with a deadline." He elaborated further that he had "rocks in his head and steel balls." Cobb was recommended to Trump by John Dowd, who was a member of his private legal team.
Cobb said that there is no reason to believe that Trump is personally under investigation, and that "They're in full cooperation mode and they've been directed to fully cooperate and get this over with as quickly as possible."
Based on Bob Woodward's book Fear: Trump in the White House, it seems likely Cobb could become a significant witness in any proceedings against Trump:
"I know that. John [Dowd], I [Trump] know you're frustrated."
"I am. I don't mind telling you, I regret the day I ever recommended Ty Cobb. And I can't believe that he undermined me."
"Well," Trump said, "I asked him" to speak out and show the president was not afraid to testify.
"He should have declined. He's a government employee. And by the way, they can call him as a witness. He has no privilege with you."
"Jesus," Trump said, sounding worried, "I've talked a lot with him."
Cobb stated on October 22, 2018 that he did not think the Mueller investigation was a "witch hunt."
Cobb, who sports a handlebar mustache, is a distant relative of the famous early 20th century baseball player of the same name.