On January 5th, 2017  President Barack Obama and VP Biden met with, FBI Director James Comey,  Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Susan Rice regarding Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.  According to the documents that were part of the DOJ brief about dropping the Michael Flynn charges, at this meeting Sally Yates “learned of the information about Flynn” and his conversation with Russia’s ambassador about sanctions. Not mentioned in the document was Susan Rice’s CYA (cover her ass) memo to herself about that meeting, literally written as Donald Trump was being sworn in as President.

Fifteen minutes after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States Susan Rice, who had just become the former National Security Adviser sent out her last email using her official White House email account.  It was a strange email, about a meeting fifteen days before. The meeting was about Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election. And according to Sen.Grassley (R-IA) included a discussion of the Steele Dossier.

The purpose of the emails seemed to be to get on the record that the Obama administration did nothing wrong in the Russia investigation. She noted repeatedly how Obama emphasized during the meeting on Russian that he wanted every aspect of the issue handled “by the book.”

“President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities ‘by the book’.  The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective.  He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.”
Looking back on the next sentence it seemed like a call for omerta.
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 cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.
K. T.  McFarland, Deputy National Security Advisor under Michael Flynn whose life was also ruined by the FBI, confirmed the Obama team’s reluctance to discuss Russia.  Where they afraid they’d slip and relate Russiagate? Just the fact they didn’t share everything about Russia with the incoming administration disproves the “by the book” statement.

After a section that remains classified, Rice wrote that Obama discussed sharing the information with the incoming Trump administration.

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“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. Comey said he would.”

But did he continue to inform Obama after Trump became President? Future document releases may answer that.

Why would Rice write an email about the Jan. 5th meeting on Jan 20th, on Inauguration Day, fifteen minutes after she became a private citizen? Why the emphasis on “by the book?” To quote Hamlet, “The lady doth protest too much.” Why was Obama was concerned that there might be reasons why certain classified information would need to be withheld from Team Trump? Why was it withheld?

Rice may have been nervous about the fact that, at the president’s direction, she had failed to “share information fully as it relates to Russia” with President Trump’s incoming national security team. This violated the longstanding American tradition. Outgoing administrations have always cooperated in the transition to a new administration, whether of the same or the opposing party, especially on matters relating to national security

It seems as if she is trying to rewrite history and protect herself. The CC was her advisor Curtis Ried. Perhaps Rice was moved to send that letter because something else happened during those 15 days. Something yet to be exposed.

 

 

Susan Rice memo to herself

The Senators sent Rice a letter demanding answers. It said in part:

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.  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 FBI, as well as at the Justice Department and the State Department, actually did proceed “by the book.”

Everything about the Russian investigation as it relates to the Obama administration seems strange and seems to be getting stranger every day. Especially after Sally Yate’s revelation that it was the former President who told her about Gen. Flynn’s discussion with the Russian ambassador.  The email to herself it seems as if she is trying to rewrite history. Perhaps something happened during those 15 days between the meeting with Obama and inauguration day that moved Rice to write that email to herself. Like so much else about the Obama administration’s handling of the Russia investigation, especially in the context of the recent releases about the Michael Flynn investigation,  it sure smells rotten.

 

Susan Rice memo to herself 

Susan Rice memo to herself 

Susan Rice memo to herself 

Susan Rice memo to herself 

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