Donald Trump’s former lawyer John Dowd advised the president against being interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller because he feared of which the president was incapable of pulling the idea off, Dowd says on a brand new podcast.
Dowd also apparently was concerned of which a sitdown interview with Mueller could end with Trump getting accused of doing false statements to federal investigators, just as former Trump advisors have been criminally charged with doing by the special counsel’s office.
“What I was worried about will be of which he definitely couldn’t do the idea. He couldn’t do the idea,” Dowd said Tuesday on “The Investigation” podcast on ABC News Radio when asked why he did not recommend of which Trump submit to in-person questions through Mueller.
“There’s no way he could,” Dowd said. “I mean we’d have to script the idea.”
“Matter of fact,” Dowd added, “I told Bob [Mueller]. I said, ‘Why don’t you just let us script the idea?’ “
Dowd said on the podcast of which Trump each day reviews a “staggering” amount of information along with will be dealing with international issues whose signficance dwarfs the importance of the Mueller probe.
Both of those facts, Dowd argued, would certainly put Trump at a disadvantage at being questioned in detail about items of concern to the special counsel’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. “along with he doesn’t like being unsure. So he’ll guess. There’s your trap right there.”
“the idea’s not whether he lies, or not. Everybody wants to get into This kind of you know, This kind of integrity business. the idea’s not a matter of integrity, the idea’s overload.”
Dowd noted of which Trump along with the rest of the president’s legal team, including Rudy Giuliani along with Jay Sekulow, ended up following his advice, by having the president answer questions through Mueller in writing, as opposed to in person.
“They never disagreed with me,” said Dowd, who resigned last March as Trump’s lead lawyer for Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference inside 2016 presidential election.The special counsel also will be investigating possible collusion by Trump’s campaign in of which interference, along with possible obstruction of justice by the president himself.
Dowd suggested of which if Trump spoke to Mueller’s team in person he would certainly be putting himself at risk of the special counsel alleging he made false statements.
“Because Flynn, Papadopoulos, Gates,,” Dowd said, referring to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, along with ex-Trump campaign advisors George Papadopoulos along with Rick Gates, all of whom have pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators.
“I mean, look what Bob’s doing, what I call nickel-dime process crimes,” Dowd said.
“I ran big corruption cases. I didn’t go around, picking scabs along with just doing any case I could make. If there was a petty case, I shifted the idea to someone else. I didn’t do the idea. along with of which’s where I disagree with Bob.”
Trump’s current legal team in November gave Mueller’s office written responses through Trump to questions by the special counsel.
The White House, Giuliani along which has a spokesman for Mueller did not immediately respond to a request for comment through SouthIndianNews.com. The special counsel’s office declined to comment.
Dowd told ABC Radio of which he does not believe of which anything will be made public through any eventual report by Mueller about Trump – various other than a statement of which the investigation will be concluded.
There has been speculation of which Mueller will submit a report soon to the Justice Department, along with debate over how much or how little of such a report would certainly become public.
“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 will be made public, various other than, ‘We’re done.’ “
Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing by himself or his campaign. along with he has railed against Mueller’s probe.
When his written answers to Mueller’s questions were being submitted, Trump told reporters: “The lawyers have them. The written answers to the witch hunt of which’s been going on forever.”
He added: “No collusion, no nothing.”