Senators flag 'unusual' Susan Rice email on Russian Federation probe from Inauguration Day


February 13, 2018 (EIRNS)-Barack Obama's personal role in directing the British intelligence operation run against candidate and President-elect Donald Trump, through the dossier issued by "ex" MI6 agent Christopher Steele, is now on the table, through a letter sent to Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice by Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham of the Judiciary Committee on February 8 and released yesterday.

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. "Comey said he would". Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa and Graham released a criminal referral they had sent to the Justice Department earlier this year asking for an investigation into the former spy, Christopher Steele.

The email was referencing a January 5 Oval Office meeting Rice attended with Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. Lindsey Graham of SC said they discovered the "unusual email" Rice sent to herself on January 20, 2017.

Napolitano said Rice's comments in the email, released by Sens.

"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.

"The President asked Corney to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team".

The judge also speculated to Fox News' Martha MaCallum that Rice wanted make it appear that Barack Obama "was ignorant of the fray fomented by his administration to undermine the incoming president and his hands were absolutely clean".

"President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation with FBI Director Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office", Rice wrote in her email, which was dated the day before Trump's inauguration.

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Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham seem to be probing that very question.

Rice said that Obama then asked about how to proceed, given national security concerns about the investigation.

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

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.

Rice was asked to reply by February 22.

Perhaps Rice simply left the meeting with Obama and Comey aglow with pride over her colleagues' strong conviction that, no matter how they felt personally about the election of Donald Trump, they would never allow their personal feelings to overrule their duty to wield their power responsibly, following all appropriate investigative procedures.

New revelations, however, show that the FBI's investigation was in large part based on unverified opposition research material paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

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