An email regarding a meeting former President Obama conducted in the Oval Office on Jan. 5, 2017, has become the focus of lawmakers, and is part of the corruption President Trump has dubbed “OBAMAGATE.” Republicans are demanding answers to questions regarding the origin of the Russian hoax.
Richard Grenell, acting director of National Intelligence has declassified an email former National Security Adviser Susan Rice penned to herself the same day of President Trump’s inauguration, where she referred to a meeting in the Oval Office in which the Russia hoax was discussed.
Rice documented the Oval Office meeting with Obama and others where Obama gave guidance on how Russian interference in the election was to be investigated. Although parts of the email have been formerly released, Comey’s response to Obama’s requests was, until now, classified as “TOP SECRET.”
Comey assured Obama he was proceeding “by the book” and that he had concerns incoming national security adviser Flynn was still in contact with the Russian ambassador, noting that their “level of communication is unusual.”
The meeting took place in the Oval Office on Jan. 5 between then-President Barack Obama with then- FBI Director James Comey, then -Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Obama’s National Security Adviser (NSA) Susan Rice. The topic of supposed Russian intervention in the 2016 election was discussed.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), requested on Monday, May 18, that U.S. Attorney General William Barr “fully declassify” the email Susan Rice sent to herself on President Trump’s Inauguration Day regarding incoming NSA Gen. Michael Flynn.
Rice wrote in the email, “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,'” she wrote.”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.”
Comey had made the suggestion to Obama that “sensitive information related to Russia” potentially should be withheld from Flynn, assuring Obama he was doing things “by the book.”
Rice continued in the email, “From a national security perspective, Comey said he does have some concerns that incoming NSA Flynn is speaking frequently with Russian Ambassador [Sergey] Kislyak. Comey said that could be an issue as it relates to sharing sensitive information. President Obama asked if Comey was saying that the NSC should not pass sensitive information related to Russia to Flynn.”
Rice then wrote, “Comey replied, ‘potentially.’ He added that he has no indication thus far that Flynn has passed classified information to Kislyak, but he noted that ‘the level of communication is unusual,'” reported Fox News.
Rice wrote that 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.” The original version of the email was redacted at this point—where it contained information about Comey’s response.
After that section, Rice wrote: “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.”
BPR reported, The Rice email directly contradicted Comey’s sworn testimony. Comey testified to the Senate that he never met with Obama in January 2017. The White House logs also did not corroborate Rice’s version of events.
According to Judge Napolitano, part of Rice’s job entitled her to ask for the names of Donald Trump’s team, but revealing their identities with intent to undermine Trump is “espionage,” a felony that carries the death sentence.
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