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Senate Republicans Examine 'Unusual' Susan Rice Email

15 February 2018, 06:45 | Taylor George

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice

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.

On Jan. 20, 2017 - moments before Trump took the oath of office to become president - Rice emailed herself about a briefing that took place that month with the intelligence community about Russian hacking during the 2016 presidential election. "The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective", Rice wrote.

Judge Andrew Napolitano dug into an "unusual email" that Obama national security adviser Susan Rice sent to herself on the day of President Trump's inauguration, in which the former official described Obama's supposed instructions related to the Russian Federation investigation.

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) released the email on Monday after requesting "records of meetings between President Obama and then-FBI Director Comey regarding the FBI's investigation of allegations of collusion between associates of Mr. Trump and the Russian government".

It's likely that the Republicans hope that they will be able to paint the investigation as having not been conducted "by the book" by probing deeper into this matter. "He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book". That letter raises questions concerning a now partially declassified email which Rice sent to herself on January 20, 2017 at 12:15 p.m. -shortly before President Trump was inaugurated-on the meeting held in the Oval Office two weeks prior, on January 5, 2017, on the lying British intelligence memo produced by Steele.

"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", Rice wrote. "Comey said he would".

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"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 charged.

The timing of Rice's letter suggests she was attempting to cover up something or to explain away inappropriate actions which were not "by the book".

There seem to be only a couple reasons why Rice might have made a decision to pen such an email.

I first met then-President-Elect Trump on Friday, January 6 in a conference room at Trump Tower in NY.

"7. During the meeting, did Mr. Comey or Ms. Yates mention potential press coverage of the Steele dossier?" If so, what did they say?

Fox News ran with the story for the majority of the day, claiming the texts "are raising even more questions about what the FBI and former President Obama knew the Clinton investigation".

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