'Unusual' email raises questions about 'by the book'

'Unusual' email raises questions about 'by the book'

'Unusual' email raises questions about 'by the book'

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.

Furthermore, Rice's email may also have revealed the beginnings of the Obama "deep state" operation.

Grassley and Graham noted in a letter to Rice that they found the timing of the email odd.

Parts of Rice's emails were released as part of a probe by the Senate Judiciary Committee into the FBI's investigation into Trump. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday, looked like "an effort by Susan Rice to reconstruct history".

"4. Did anyone instruct, request, suggest, or imply that you should send yourself the aforementioned Inauguration Day email memorializing President Obama's meeting with Mr. Comey about the Trump/Russia investigation?" The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective.

Rice, herself, as well as then-Vice President Joe Biden, were also present for the meeting.

"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, '" Rice wrote.

Napolitano noted that Obama himself told Fox's Chris Wallace in 2016 that he didn't speak to anyone at the Department of Justice about any campaign-related investigations.

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That insurance policy, appears to have been a reference to the FBI's investigation into Trump for alleged collusion with the Russian government. It was timed just 15 minutes after President Trump took office.

Recent revelations indicate that the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a warrant to eavesdrop on Carter Page, a former volunteer adviser to the Trump campaign, by referencing a dossier prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele as part of opposition research on Trump.

It's also now known that an anti-Trump dossier was taken to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which used the allegations to win a FISA court warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.

Sens. Grassley and Graham posted statements to their websites saying they "were struck by the context and timing of this email, and [they] sent a follow up letter to Ambassador Rice".

"From a national security perspective, however, President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we can not share information fully as it relates to Russia", Rice wrote.

But Rice, after a section that remains classified, indicated Obama discussed sharing the information with the incoming Trump administration.

The Rice letter also reveals that Obama instructed Rice and others to potentially limit access of the incoming Trump administration to classified information related to Russian Federation. On its face, it seems clear (and it is remarkable that this is so) that weeks before President Trump's inauguration, the President, the FBI Director and others were wary that it might not be safe to share classified information about Russian Federation with members of the Trump team or perhaps even Trump himself.

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