Republican lawmakers think there's something "unusual" about Obama era national security adviser Susan Rice emailing herself regarding Russian election interference the day President Trump took office.
Moments before Trump took the oath of office January 20, 2017, Rice messaged herself about a January 5, 2017, briefing between then-President Barack Obama, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Washington Examiner reported.
So in an effort to reconstruct history, she writes herself a memo: 'By the way, dear Susan Rice, don't forget that Barack Obama said "I want this done by the book".
"The question is did the president know anything about the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] warrant application?"
But one source familiar with the meeting said it had nothing to do with Steele or the dossier. "That's not exactly by the book". The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. "He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book", she continued.More news: IRS warns of new scam around wrong tax refund deposits
"Lindsey Graham, the partially unclassified email was sent by Rice on January 20, 2017 - and appears to document a January 5 meeting that included Obama, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, then-Vice President Joe Biden and Rice", reports Fox.
A number of the senators" questions have to do with Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy, and the so-called "dirty dossier, ' which was financed partially by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's campaign, after a Republican rival of Trump originally funded the opposition research into the now-president's links with Russian Federation.
Graham said he wonders what Obama and Rice knew about the FISA warrant used to spy on Trump campaign officials and how it was granted based on a "political" dossier funded by hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Sens. Grassley and Graham have asked Rice to answer questions about the email by February 22. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., were copied on the letter to Rice, but neither signed off on it.
We also can't ignore the fact that Rice's tenure was rife with misdirection and outright lies when it came to defending the president's policy actions. The lawmakers say they received the email in question as a result of a request to the National Archives for records of meetings between President Obama and then-FBI Director James Comey.More news: Under Armour Inc. (UA) Is Climbing On Strong Q4 Revenues
Obama, Comey and the top national security officials talked about sharing information related to Russian Federation with the incoming Trump administration.
"In addition, despite your claim that President Obama repeatedly told Mr. Comey to proceed 'by the book, ' substantial questions have arisen about whether officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as at the Justice Department and the State Department, actually did proceed 'by the book'".
There seem to be only a couple reasons why Rice might have made a decision to pen such an email. At the time you wrote this email to yourself, were you aware of either the October 2016 FISA application for surveillance of Carter Page or the January 2017 renewal? Did you omit any other portions of the conversation? "To the best of your knowledge, did anyone else at that meeting take notes or otherwise memorialize the meeting?" Lindsey Graham say they find the email odd because of the timing and the substance of the message. It was paid for by 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, which she controlled.
You wrote that President Obama stressed that he was "not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective".
Perhaps Rice simply left the meeting with Obama and Comey aglow with pride over her colleagues' strong conviction that, no matter how they felt personally about the election of Donald Trump, they would never allow their personal feelings to overrule their duty to wield their power responsibly, following all appropriate investigative procedures. "If so, when did these occur, who participated, and what was discussed?"More news: Arizona State University creates cancer-fighting nanorobots