President Donald Trump’s former lawyer John Dowd said in a podcast Tuesday that he advised his former client not to sit for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller because he believed Trump was incapable of pulling it off.
Dowd was worried that if the President had sat down with Mueller, he would have been accused of making false statements to federal investigations.
“What I was worried about is that he really couldn’t do it. He couldn’t do it,” Dowd said on “The Investigation” podcast on ABC News Radio. “There’s no way he could. I mean we’d have to script it.”
Dowd added that he had told the special counsel to let Trump’s legal team “script it.” He then went on to say that the President reviews a significant amount of information and deals with international issues whose importance is much greater than that of the special counsel’s investigation.
Both of those facts, the lawyer argued, would put President Trump at a disadvantage at being questioned in detail about items of concern to Mueller’s team.
“In my questioning of him, or talking to him … first question, easy, second question, easy, third question, he wasn’t sure,” Dowd said, according to CNBC. “And he doesn’t like being unsure. So, he’ll guess. There’s your trap right there.”
He then claimed that Trump is in fact overwhelmed with information, which would lead to him making a false statement.
“It’s not whether he lies, or not. Everybody wants to get into this you know, this integrity business. It’s not a matter of integrity, it’s overload,” Dowd said, adding that the rest of Trump’s legal team eventually followed his advice.
The President’s former lawyer also made a staggering statement that no report will be released by Mueller, apart from a statement that the probe is concluded.
“I don’t think there’ll be a report. The rules of the [Justice] department say, no report,” Dowd said. “I will be shocked if anything regarding the President is made public, other than, ‘We’re done’.”