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Newt: Susan Rice's Email Shows Anti-Trump Plot 'Unraveling'

Newt: Susan Rice's Email Shows Anti-Trump Plot 'Unraveling'
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By    |   Tuesday, 13 February 2018 08:53 AM

An email former national security adviser Susan Rice wrote herself moments before President Donald Trump's inauguration is yet another example of how the story behind the Obama administration's efforts against the president is "unraveling," ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday.

"I was a candidate for the first time as the [Richard] Nixon administration disintegrated," Gingrich told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "Susan Rice's memo is one more example of this thing gradually unraveling."

Just before Trump was sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017, Rice sent herself a message about a meeting held on Jan. 5 involving former President Barack Obama, ex-Vice President Joe Biden, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Washington Examiner reported. 

In the message, Rice said that Obama "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" and that Obama "reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book," according to an excerpt from a letter written by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley, who want to interview her.

Gingrich said Wednesday that Rice may have written the memo to help protect herself, or simply that maybe one day she will want to write a memoir and wanted to remind herself about the meeting.

He does think that Congress should bring Comey back in for questioning and has thought so from the time news broke about FBI agent Peter Strzok's text message to agency attorney Lisa Page that Obama "wants to know everything."

"Put him under oath, say, now did you in fact brief the president?" said Gingrich. "What did he ask you about?"

However, Gingrich said he's willing to give Rice the benefit of the doubt on her message to herself.

"I'm guessing that she had taken those notes and hadn't gotten around to it," he said. "She had a few extra minutes, thought she would capture it. . . I had that happen to me. I saw a piece of paper from a meeting three weeks ago that I never quite got around to capturing in an email or putting into a file. I will write out something."

However, he admitted that her email "does look strange."

Gingrich said that he does think that if Trump understood Comey's involvement, he would have fired him immediately.

"If everybody understood that Comey began writing the [Hillary] Clinton exoneration two months before the interviewed her, he would have fired had him on day one," said Gingrich.

"This guy was totally in the tank, doing everything he could to protect Clinton and get Trump. He really has a huge potential legal problem."

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Newt Gingrich said Tuesday that an email former national security adviser Susan Rice wrote herself moments before President Donald Trump's inauguration is yet another example of how the story behind the Obama administration's efforts against the president is "unraveling."
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