It is really quite striking that this email raises suspicion about Rice or James Comey or former President Obama or frankly anyone else.
The Republican memo, spearheaded by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, alleges the Federal Bureau of Investigation abused its surveillance authority by not revealing that the Steele dossier, which was used as part of a FISA warrant to monitor former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, was funded partly by Clinton's campaign.
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.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is giving former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice until February 22 to answer questions relating to an email she sent to herself prior to exiting from the Obama administration. 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.
Grassley and Graham said in their letter they found it "odd" that Rice felt it necessary to send herself "such an unusual email purporting to document a conversation involving President Obama and his interactions with the FBI regarding the Trump/Russia investigation" in her final hours as a member of the Obama administration.
"Yet Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen".
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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".
"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".
Grassley and Graham uncovered the email during a review of documents related to the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
The origins of the probe now led by special counsel Robert Mueller have come under increased scrutiny by GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill, including Grassley and Graham.
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. If so, who and why?
"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 Russian Federation", she wrote, according to the Daily Mail. "If so, when did these occur, who participated, and what was discussed?"
Napolitano said it appeared to be "an effort by Susan Rice to reconstruct history".