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DOJ Releases Full Transcript of Phone Call to Flynn's Attorney

A shorter version came out in the Mueller report
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2019 11:30 AM CDT
This Feb. 1, 2017, file photo shows National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, joined by K.T. McFarland, deputy national security adviser, during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – Now you can read every "uh" and "uhm"—and a few other, lengthier words—spoken by one of President Trump's attorneys to a Michael Flynn attorney in a voicemail, ABC News reports. On Friday, the special counsel's office put out a fuller transcript of the message from John Dowd to Rob Kelner than the world had seen. "Hey, Rob, uhm, this is John again," says Dowd in the Nov. 22, 2017, call. Dowd says he understands that the former national security advisor may be working with the government, but "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," Dowd goes on. "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. ... Thanks, pal." A shorter version of the call was in the Mueller report amid possible evidence of obstruction of justice by the president, CNN reports. Judge Emmet Sullivan requested this transcript before Flynn is sentenced for lying to investigators. Sullivan also asked for transcripts of Flynn's phone calls with Russian officials, but the Justice Department wouldn't hand them over. (Read more Mueller report stories.)

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