Trump is complaining to Dowd about Mueller’s investigation. The President then gives his attorney information about his negotiation with the Egyptian President concerning the release of a charity worker Aya Hijazi, 30, a U.S. citizen. Hijazi was in prison in Cairo for three years (Woodward 268). A story appears in the German financial daily Handelsblatt claiming that investigators are checking Trump’s financial records with Deutsche Bank. This new information aggravates the President, who maintains that he knows everything about his relationship with the bank and there has been no wrongdoing.
Mueller and Quarles want to interview the President on the investigation. Therefore, Mueller submits a list of 16 topics that he would like to discuss, topics involving Comey, Flynn, and Sessions (Woodward 270). Trump seeks Dowd’s advice who advises on writing a letter in response to the topics. Dowd also thinks they should practice the testimony process and rehearse any possible questions. Trump accepts but as they are practicing, Dowd discovers that the President cannot remember most of the details (Woodward 274). Therefore, the President’s attorney thinks that Trump should not testify. In addition, he thinks that Mueller should send the questions and they form a script of answers for the President, penning a letter to Mueller with the subject titled “Request for Testimony on Alleged Obstruction of Justice” (Woodward 274).