An oddly-phrased email written by former Obama aide Susan Rice is raising eyebrows, and generating questions, over the Department of Justice investigating claims of Russian collusion.
Republican senators have given the ex-national security advisor until February 22 to respond to their concerns about an email Rice sent to herself on Jan. 20, 2017, the day the Obama administration was officially leaving the White House and Donald Trump became the 45th president.
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. It also claims that Obama demanded a "by the book" DOJ investigation about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election – a race that surprised many on Election Day when Hillary Clinton lost.
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham, who revealed the discovery of the email, are asking Rice how Comey responded to Obama's "by the book" comment, since it's now known that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee were working behind the scenes to pay for political dirt on Trump.
It's also now known that an anti-Trump dossier was taken to the FBI, which used the allegations to win a FISA court warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. Both Yates and Comey signed off on the warrant applications.
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.
"And I will be very interested," he says, "to see whether Miss Rice responds to the questions posed to her by Sen. Graham."
"It seems to me to smack of an attempt to revise history on the part of Susan Rice," observes attorney Abe Hamilton, general counsel and public policy analyst at the American Family Association.
"It gives me a very keen sensation," he adds, "that President Obama may know more than he has represented as having known when you see Susan Rice working so diligently to make it sure it appears as having his hands clean."
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