Susan Rice Email Puts Obama in Crosshairs of Muellergate

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That meeting concerned potential Russian collusion with the Trump campaign and was attended, according to Rice's email, by President Obama and senior Department of Justice officials, including then-FBI director James Comey and then-deputy attorney general Sally Yates.

The email also corroborates text messages sent between Federal Bureau of Investigation agents working on the Clinton and Trump cases, that Obama "wants to know everything we're doing".

Grassley and Graham have indicated a deadline of February 22, 2018 to Ambassador Rice and her legal team, so the committee may further assess the situation.

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to hear testimony from Rice on February 22.

You wrote that President Obama stressed that he was "not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective".

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen.

But in a letter sent to Rice last week, Grassley and Graham wrote "It strikes us as odd that, among your activities in the final moments on the final day of the Obama administration, you would feel the need to send yourself such an unusual email purporting to document a conversation involving President Obama and his interactions with the FBI regarding the Trump/Russia investigation".

Or was the email Rice addressed to herself not actually for herself?

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"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.

Napolitano noted that Obama himself told Fox's Chris Wallace in 2016 that he didn't speak to anyone at the Department of Justice about any campaign-related investigations. It was timed just 15 minutes after President Trump took office.

Graham said he wonders what Obama and Rice knew about the FISA warrant used to spy on Trump campaign officials and how it was granted based on a "political" dossier funded by hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The origins of the Russian Federation meddling probe have come under mounting scrutiny on Capitol Hill, where Republicans are looking at how an unverified anti-Trump dossier was used to seek a surveillance warrant against Trump associate Carter Page in late 2016.

On January 20, 2017, hours before she left the White House for good, Rice emailed herself a report of a meeting that had happened more than two weeks before. 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.

Grassley and Graham said a portion of Rice's email contained classified information that remains redacted.

Just last week, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation informant, William Campbell, who was silenced under the Obama administration, revealed to Congress that Russian authorities had hired an American lobbying firm, APCO Worldwide, to influence the Obama administration. Did President Obama ask about, initiate, or instruct anything from any other perspective relating to the FBI's investigation?

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