Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Senate Republicans Examine 'Unusual' Susan Rice Email

Senate Republicans Examine 'Unusual' Susan Rice Email

A bombshell email from former National Security Advisor Susan Rice sent during President Trump's inauguration is raising serious questions over former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's congressional testimony; highlighting possible inconsistencies over high-level meetings with President Obama during Trump's transition.

They added: "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'". "Comey said he would".

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen.

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.

Sens. Grassley and Graham have asked Rice to answer questions about the email by February 22.

It is really quite striking that this email raises suspicion about Rice or James Comey or former President Obama or frankly anyone else.

Rice wrote that after being briefed by the intelligence community on Russia's activities during the election, Obama stressed "the very aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities "by the book". Lindsey Graham of SC said they discovered the "unusual email" Rice sent to herself on January 20, 2017.

Rice said that Obama then asked about how to proceed, given national security concerns about the 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as at the Justice Department and the State Department, actually did proceed 'by the book, '" they said.

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Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families calls the email disturbing because it is more evidence of a plan to destroy Trump and his incoming administration.

"It's the oddest thing in the world to send an email to yourself on Inauguration Day about a conversation held on January 5th".

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.

"When you look at what happened, it was an abuse of power, not 'by the book, '" Graham said.

Graham and Grassley hope to verify the timeline of events, and sent a letter to Rice asking how it pertains to the Russian Federation dossier.

Parts of Rice's emails were released as part of a probe by the Senate Judiciary Committee into the FBI's investigation into Trump.

Obama has maintained that he never interfered in the Russian Federation probe, but some of the former president's high-profile critics point to developments that suggest otherwise.

"I mean, this is the same Barack Obama who told [Fox News"] Chris Wallace he didn't talk to anybody in the Justice Department about any of the investigations, and yet we know the [text] from Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the two FBI people whose texts we've seen hundreds of times: "POTUS (written in 2016 so the reference is to Barack Obama) wants to know all about this'".

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