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.
The meeting, which also included then Vice President Joe Biden as well as former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, reportedly covered the topic of what information about the Russian Federation investigation could be shared with Trump's transition team. "He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book". "The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective", Rice wrote.
In that email, she displayed a hesitance to share information on Russian Federation with the incoming Trump team, and insisted that every aspect of the Russian Federation issue would be carried out "by the book".
"That email raises a lot of questions". Chuck Grassley and Lindsay Graham.
"Did anyone instruct, request, suggest, or imply that you should send yourself the aforementioned Inauguration Day email memorializing President Obama's meeting with Mr. Comey about 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as at the Justice Department and the State Department, actually did proceed 'by the book'".
Sen. Graham called Rice's Inauguration Day email to herself "odd and disturbing".
During the meeting, did Mr. Comey describe the status of the FBI's relationship with Mr. Steele, or the basis for that status?
Rice's email -sent to herself on January 20, 2017- detailed ongoing discussions between James Comey, Barack Obama, and other senior staffers regarding Russian election interference; prompting Congressional leaders to question why he never mentioned the meetings while speaking under oath. "If so, when did these occur, who participated and what was discussed?" As a result, they have a few questions that they would like an answer to by February 22.
Rice's email has been partially declassified by Republican Sens. That would seem unlikely even if the meeting had been notable-which, in Rice's account, it wasn't.
Rice, herself, as well as then-Vice President Joe Biden, were also present for the meeting. Using email to write memos to the file-to create a time-stamped piece of evidence in case of later oversight-is, as my colleague Eric Felten has noted, a time-honored Washington practice.
There seem to be only a couple reasons why Rice might have chose to pen such an email.
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 two senators also note that while Rice said that Obama instructed Comey to proceed 'by the book, ' the Republicans claim that 'substantial questions have arisen about whether officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the Justice Department and the State Department, actually did proceed "by the book"'.
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