Here is a transcription of the recently popularized voice mail from John Dowd to Rob Kelner, the attorney of Michael Flynn, from CNN's Transcript released of Flynn voicemail from Trump lawyer showing possible attempt to obstruct.
If I take the sentence in bold below and shorten and paraphrase it to get rid of the stylized and parenthetical voice messaging style of speech, I get If there's information that implicates the President, then we've got a national security issue we got to deal with, not only for the President, but for the country.
Question: Why does John Dowd state that if there is "information that implicates the president" that there is a "national security issue" that these two lawyers need to "deal with"? What would "dealing with it" mean in this case?
I'm only interested in answers that don't stray far from known facts. Opinions or pure speculation should not be posted as answers. Thanks!
Hey, Rob, uhm, this is John again. Uh, maybe, I-I-I'm-I'm sympathetic; I understand your situation, but let me see if I can't ... state it in ... starker terms. If you have ... and it wouldn't surprise me if you've gone on to make a deal with, and, uh, work with the government, uh ... I understand that you can't join the joint defense; so that's one thing. 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. So, uhm, and if it's the former, then, you know, remember what we've always said about the President and his feelings toward Flynn and, that still remains, but-Well, in any event, uhm, let me know, and, uh, I appreciate your listening and taking the time. Thanks, Pal. (emphasis added)
The audio is available at CNN's Voicemail from Trump's attorney to Flynn's lawyer released and The Hill.