An ex-Trump White House lawyer called the former president "a deeply wounded narcissist."
"He is often incapable of acting other than in his perceived self-interest," Ty Cobb told CBS News.
Cobb cited "abject narcissism" for Trump's refusal to accept the results of the 2020 election.
President Donald Trump's former White House lawyer Ty Cobb called the ex-president "a deeply wounded narcissist" who is "incapable" of acting out of anything other than self-interest in an interview with CBS News' Major Garrett.
Garrett pressed Cobb, who worked in the White House as a special counsel to Trump in 2017 and 2018 and represented the former president during special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, about Trump's refusal to admit he lost the 2020 election.
"Do you regard that as a defect in his character?" Garrett asked.
"My personal view is that it's less a character issue than a personality defect," Cobb said. "I believe former President Trump to be a deeply wounded narcissist, and he is often incapable of acting other than in his perceived self-interest, or for revenge. I think those are the two compelling instincts that guide his actions."
Cobb cited "abject narcissism" in explaining Trump's refusal to listen to assurances from his own Justice Department and former Attorney General Bill Barr that the 2020 election wasn't stolen via massive fraud.
Cobb said those instincts are why it "takes particularly strong advisers" to help Trump understand what's in his own best interest.
"Sadly, I think he's gone through some talented advisors, good advisors, chewed 'em up, and is working with way too many people who tell him what he wants to hear," Cobb said.
Cobb also lamented the slew of Trump-endorsed candidates, including those running for key statewide elected offices, who embrace the former president's lies that the 2020 election was stolen.
"I think it is so tragic," Cobb said. "I criticized the current administration modestly earlier by saying they have no interest in healing — Trump has no interest in healing either. I don't think, sadly, that the future of America is enhanced by either position. I think we're on a downward spiral and the safety net of leadership that we need is nowhere on the horizon."
Cobb also weighed on in the ongoing investigations ensnaring Trump, including the probe into whether Trump improperly kept classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida residence, after leaving office.
Cobb previously told Insider's Sonam Sheth that the wide-ranging federal probe into the January 6 insurrection, and Trump's role in it, pose a greater legal threat to the former president than the search at Mar-a-Lago.
"I think the president is in serious legal water not so much because of the search, but because of the obstructive activity he took in connection with the January 6 proceeding and the attempts to interfere in the election count," Cobb echoed in his interview with CBS News.
"I think this Justice Department has signaled that they intend to prosecute him no matter what," Cobb told Garrett.
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