As the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election continues, two top Republican Senators want former President Barack Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice to answer for an "unusual" email that she sent to herself on President Donald Trump's Inauguration Day.
The email recalls a January 5, high-level meeting in the Oval Office attended by Obama, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Rice.
The day following that January 5 meeting where the four leaders of the intelligence community-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers and Comey-officially presented Obama with the Steele dossier, the same four briefed President-elect Trump at Trump Tower on the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
There are several portions of this email that should be disturbing.
In the email, Rice wrote: "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 Russian Federation". Last week we had the story about how President Obama supposedly wanted to hear all the information about the Clinton emails investigation before it was clear that the date of the text in question made it clear it was about the Russian Federation probe.
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Sen.
The letter was sent to Ms. Rice from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which included excerpts from her email.
He said Rice wanted to make Obama appear to be "ignorant" of the "fray fomented by his administration to undermine the incoming president". Grassley and Sen. Graham have raised.
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But one source familiar with the meeting said it had nothing to do with Steele or the dossier.
Rice was asked to reply by February 22. That would seem unlikely even if the meeting had been notable-which, in Rice's account, it wasn't. Using email to write memos to the file-to create a time-stamped piece of evidence in case of later oversight-is, as my colleague Eric Felten has noted, a time-honored Washington practice.
There seem to be only a couple reasons why Rice might have made a decision to pen such an email.
Furthermore, Rice's email may also have revealed the beginnings of the Obama "deep state" operation.
Or perhaps Rice left the meeting feeling jittery about the White House's involvement in an investigation concerning a successor Obama had repeatedly said was unfit for office.
Or perhaps it was just a dumb, pointless email, which acquired its apparent memo-to-the-file resonance only as an unfortunate coincidence.
Ex-national security adviser Susan Rice sent an email to herself on Trump's inauguration about President Obama's guidance on the investigation, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee member.