Trump’s Atty Told Him: “Don’t Testify. It’s Either That Or An Orange Jumpsuit.”

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Before he resigned, Trump attorney John Dowd told the president if he testified, he would end up in prison.

Whether or not President Donald Trump will sit for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller remains to be seen, but the presidents former attorney John Dowd apparently was convinced that Trump would end up in prison if he volunteered his testimony in the Russia probe.

According to The Washington Post, Bob Woodwards new book touches on the topic, recounting Dowd presenting Trump with two options: Dont testify. Its either that or an orange jumpsuit.

> John Dowd was convinced that President Trump would commit perjury if he talked to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. So, on Jan. 27, the presidents then-personal attorney staged a practice session to try to make his point.


> In the White House residence, Dowd peppered Trump with questions about the Russia investigation, provoking stumbles, contradictions and lies until the president eventually lost his cool.


> This things a goddamn hoax, Trump erupted at the start of a 30-minute rant that finished with him saying, I dont really want to testify.

Woodward goes on to write that Dowd and Trumps other attorney, Jay Sekulow, relayed to Mueller just how poorly the president fared in his trial interviews:

> On March 5, Dowd and Trump attorney Jay Sekulow met in Muellers office with the special counsel and his deputy, James Quarles, where Dowd and Sekulow reenacted Trumps January practice session.


> Dowd then explained to Mueller and Quarles why he was trying to keep the president from testifying: Im 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?

According to Woodward, Mueller responded saying, I understand.

Shortly after, Dowd told Trump he essentially had two options:

> Dont testify. Its either that or an orange jumpsuit.


> But Trump, concerned about the optics of a president refusing to testify and convinced that he could handle Muellers questions, had by then decided otherwise.


> Ill be a real good witness, Trump told Dowd, according to Woodward.

Dowd disagreed.

> You are not a good witness, Dowd replied. Mr. President, Im afraid I just cant help you.

> The next morning, Dowd resigned.