Woodward: Former Trump Lawyer John Dowd Told President He's 'Disabled'

Watergate journalist Bob Woodward revealed to Stephen Colbert yesterday that Donald Trump's former lawyer John Dowd once told the president that he's "disabled."

During his interview on The Late Show on Monday night, Colbert asked the veteran journalist what fills him with "fear"—referencing the title of Woodward new book on Trump's White House.

Woodward answered: "Not knowing… we need to know what's going on."

Colbert then directs Woodward's attention to the last page of the book and tells his audience that it describes Trump's former attorney John Dowd and the president rehearsing a potential sit-down with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"Trump goes ballistic, makes things up, starts screaming—Dowd thought had he been Mueller, he would have been fired right on the spot," Woodward said.

On #LSSC tonight: @StephenAtHome asks @realBobWoodward "WHAT MAKES YOU AFRAID" in terms of things he observed at The White House while researching his book #Fear.

Watch tonight at 11:35/10:35c on @CBS! pic.twitter.com/MGfLBE1yYe

— A Late Show (@colbertlateshow) September 11, 2018

After the alleged roleplay, Woodward said that Dowd told Trump "you cannot testify, you are disabled."

"Imagine your lawyer telling you 'you're disabled' and you can't testify because you can't tell the truth. You just make things up," Woodward added.

Colbert then read the last line of the journalist's book: "Dowd knew he couldn't bring himself to say to the president, 'You're a fucking liar.'"

In recent weeks, Woodward has been promoting his book Fear: Trump in the White House, which was released today.

Ahead of its release, the book made waves in Washington D.C., with Trump claiming its based on "lies and phony sources" while his White House condemned it as a collection of "fabricated stories… to make the president look bad."

Woodward, who famously worked on uncovering the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, has written several other books over the years about U.S. presidents.

Before Fear's release Woodward explained to Trump over the phone that the book will be "tough" yet completely factual, according to recordings obtained by Washington Post.

According to the Simon & Schuster, the book's publisher, the investigative journalist's latest is built on "hundreds of hours of interviews with first-hand sources, contemporaneous meeting notes, files, documents and personal diaries."

"[Fear] brings to light the explosive debates that drive decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence," their press release read.

Veteran journalist Bob Woodward told Colbert that President Donald Trump's former lawyer John Dowd once told the president that he was "disabled." Screenshot