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Sen. Graham Calls 'Odd' Susan Rice Email Into Question

(Fox News' "The Story" with Martha MacCallum)

By    |   Monday, 12 February 2018 07:52 PM

Two top Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are questioning Susan Rice about an "odd" email she wrote to herself on President Donald Trump's inauguration day concerning an Oval Office briefing on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Moments before Trump took the oath of office Jan. 20, 2017, Rice messaged herself about a Jan. 5, 2017, briefing between then-President Barack Obama, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Washington Examiner reported.

In an interview Monday night on Fox News' "The Story" with Martha MacCallum, Graham said what he is "worried about" is whether "this an effort by the president to basically get himself on the record through Susan Rice to make sure that from his point of view everything was done by the book."

"The question is did the president know anything about the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] warrant application?" Graham asked. "Did Susan Rice know that the warrant application included a dossier from Mr. [Christopher] Steele when he was on the payroll of the Democratic Party, coming from Russian sources that he was a political operative being paid by the Democratic Party, and that the information in the FISA warrant application was a dossier that was political in nature and that Mr. Steele hated . . . candidate Trump . . . That's not exactly by the book."

At the end of her email describing the meeting, the former national security adviser wrote 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 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," Rice wrote, according to an excerpt included in the senators' letter.

But in a letter sent to Rice last week, Grassley and Graham wrote "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."

The pair asked Rice to further explain why she sent the email and if it pertains to her involvement in the dossier on Trump compiled by former British spy Steele, and paid for by the campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

"Did President Obama have any other meetings with Mr. Comey, Ms. Yates, or other government officials about the FBI' s investigation of allegations of collusion between Trump associates and Russia?" the letter asked.

Rice was asked to reply by Feb. 22.

Grassley is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which Graham also sits.

Two senior Democrats on the panel, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., were copied on the letter to Rice, but neither signed off on it.

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Monday, 12 February 2018 07:52 PM
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