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Lawyer Told Trump He’d End Up In Jail In An ‘Orange Jumpsuit’ If He Testifies To Mueller: Report

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Lawyer Told Trump He’d End Up In Jail In An ‘Orange Jumpsuit’ If He Testifies To Mueller: Report





Former White House lawyer John Dowd told President Trump in March that he will end up in jail in an “orange jumpsuit” if he testifies to special counsel Robert Mueller, according to excerpts from legendary Watergate journalist Bob Woodward’s upcoming book “Fear.”

“Don’t testify. It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit,” Dowd told Trump, according to excerpts obtained by The Washington Post.

Trump reportedly assured Dowd that he’d “be a real good witness.”

“You are not a good witness,” Dowd replied. “Mr. President, I’m afraid I just can’t help you.”



Dowd resigned the next day amid disagreements over the direction of Trump’s legal strategy.

“I love the President and I wish him well,” Dowd said in a written statement.

The Hill added:

The book also claims that Dowd previously expressed his concerns to Mueller and his deputy, James Quarles, over whether the special counsel office would leak transcripts of a potential meeting between the president and the special counsel.

Dowd, Woodward reports, was suspicious that the transcripts would intentionally be leaked to hurt Trump politically.

“I’m not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot. And you publish that transcript, because everything leaks in Washington, and the guys overseas are going to say, ‘I told you he was an idiot. I told you he was a goddamn dumbbell. What are we dealing with this idiot for?’ ” Dowd said.

“John, I understand,” Mueller replied.

Trump has repeatedly attacked the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt,” while calling for his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to shut down the special counsel’s investigation.

Woodward’s new book, “Fear,” will be released on Sept. 11.





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