From the August 1 edition of CNN's CNN Tonight with Don Lemon:
ED BUTOWSKY: The voicemail that I left for him about the full attention of the White House, that had to do with Joey Della-Camera, the DC detective and the D.C. detective wanted to come out and talk because he has a lot of information. Rod –
CHRIS CUOMO (GUEST HOST): Why would a D.C. detective equal the White House in your voicemail?
BUTOWSKY: That’s what I’m trying to explain to you.
CUOMO: But I’m saying help us understand that part. How does a DC detective get coded as White House? What does he have to do with the White House?
BUTOWSKY: Well, that’s what I’m trying to say so let me finish my sentence, okay?
BUTOWSKY: He wanted whistleblower status according to Rod Wheeler.
CUOMO: But what does that have to do with saying that the White House is interested? Why wouldn’t you say Della-Camera or the D.C. guy, why did you say White House?
BUTOWSKY: Well what I said was Rod Wheeler had asked me to see what we could do to see if I could help this guy and I just simply made some calls. I never talked to anybody at the White House. By the way, I’ve never talked to President Trump in my life and President Trump nor the White House has anything to do with any of this.
BUTOWSKY: And as you go back and dissect this, as you ask me questions, I’m just going to give you the honest answer but all of this stuff is like little innuendos and that’s why I’m happy to be here to answer these. So please go ahead.
CUOMO: The problem is they’re your words Ed. Or I mean, you know the text message, “Not to add any more pressure but the president just read the article. He wants the article out immediately. It’s now all up to you. But don’t feel the pressure.”