Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen.
On the very last day President Barack Obama was in office (January 20, 2017), National Security Advisor Susan Rice sent herself an email purportedly recording a January 5 meeting with the president and other key staff members.
Rice's report is that after "a briefing by IC [intelligence community] leadership on Russian hacking during the 2016 Presidential election, President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation" with FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office, at which Vice President Joe Biden and Rice were also present. "He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book", Rice wrote, according to an excerpt included in the senators' letter.
Judge Andrew Napolitano reacted to revelations that Obama administration adviser Susan Rice sent an "unusual email" to herself on President Donald Trump's inauguration day. Pay close attention to the line of questioning.
Now, the Republicans want Rice to explain her email.
In that email, she displayed a hesitance to share information on Russian Federation with the incoming Trump team, and insisted that every aspect of the Russian Federation issue would be carried out "by the book".
"I spoke alone with President Obama twice in person (and never on the phone) - once in 2015 to discuss law enforcement policy issues and a second time, briefly, for him to say goodbye in late 2016", Comey said during his opening statement.
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. Rice also wrote of the January 5 meeting: "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".
Then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice is seen on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on July 7, 2016.
"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, '" the congressional letter to Rice reads. As she prepared to leave the White House, Rice sent the email as an eternal testament to the Obama White House's regard for process.
Capitol Hill Republicans have been keen to use the dossier as proof that the Russian Federation investigation started under false pretenses, however the much-discussed, GOP-written memo that President Trump allowed to be released publicly dispelled that theory.
"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, '" the senators added.
Papadopoulos relayed that gossip to an Australian diplomat, who, in turn, informed the US about what he had heard once Democratic emails started being released.