Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham released an email by Susan Rice to Susan Rice that seemed odd in both its timing and content.
Fifteen minutes after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States Susan Rice, who had just become the former National Security Adviser sent out her last email using her official White House email account. It was strange email, about a meeting fifteen days before regarding Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, whose attendees included Rice, the POTUS, the SCHMOTUS Joe Biden, former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.
The strange part of the email was that its purpose seemed to be to get on the record that the Obama administration did nothing wrong in the Russia investigation. She noted repeatedly how Obama emphasized during the meeting on Russian that he wanted every aspect of the issue handled “by the book.”
“President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities ‘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.”
After a section that remains classified Rice wrote that Obama discussed sharing the information with the incoming Trump administration.
“The president asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey said he would.”
One could almost see Ms. Rice doing an exaggerated wink while sending this email.
Why would she write an email about the Jan. 5th meeting on Jan 20th, on Inauguration Day, during her last moments as a federal employee? Why the emphasis on “by the book?” To quote Hamlet, “The lady doth protest too much.” Why was Obama was concerned that there might be reasons why certain classified information would need to be withheld from Team Trump?
It seems as if she is trying to rewrite history and that maybe something happened during those 15 days that moved Rice to write that email to herself.
The Senators sent Rice a letter demanding answers. It said in part:
It strikes us as odd that, among your activities in the final moments on the final day of the Obama administration, you would feel the need to send yourself such an unusual email purporting to document a conversation involving President Obama and his interactions with the FBI regarding the Trump/Russia investigation. 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 FBI, as well as at the Justice Department and the State Department, actually did proceed “by the book.”
In order for the Committee to further assess the situation, please respond to the following by February 22, 2018: