The following quote of what attorney John Dowd (working for President Trump at the time) said to Robert Kelne, an attorney for Michael Flynn. The quote was used in the Mueller Special Counsel Report as an incident of potential obstruction of justice:
I]f . .. there’s information that implicates the President, then we’ve got a national security issue, . . . so, you know, . . . we need some kind of heads up. Um, just for the sake of protecting all our interests if we can …
The full transcript of the conversation appears below (sans the Special Counsel redactions):
If, on the other hand, we have, there’s information that. .. implicates the President, then we’ve got a national security issue, or maybe a national security issue, I don’t know … some issue, we got to-we got to deal with, not only for the President, but for the country. So … uh … you know, then-then, you know, we need some kind of heads up. Um, just for the sake of … protecting all our interests, if we can, without you having to give up any … confidential information.
The transcript was released by Federal District Judge Emmet Sullivan, the judge scheduled to sentence Michael Flynn.
Mr. Dowd believes his reputation has been damaged. Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law Professor Emeritus, called it a “very serious issue.+