According to an email sent by former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, James Comey held a secret Oval Office meeting with Obama two weeks before Trump’s inauguration.
Rice wrote in an email written the day before the Trump inauguration:
“President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation with FBI Director Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office.”
The mail was sent by Rice to herself on Inauguration Day. It was timed just 15 minutes after President Trump took office.
Previously, Comey testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in 2017 that he only met with the Obama twice, once in 2015 and another “to say goodbye in late 2016.”
“I spoke alone with President Obama twice in person, and never on the phone. Once in 2015 to discuss law enforcement policy issues and a second time, briefly, for him to say goodbye in late 2016,” Comey’s opening statement read.
Comey failed to inform the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the meeting in his June 8, 2017, testimony. Comey deliberately and intentionally misled Congress about his interactions with the former president.
The National Archives has given Senators Chuch Grassley and Lindsey Graham “classified and unclassified emails” about the meeting.
Rice’s email has been partially declassified by Grassley and Graham.
Senators Grassley and Graham stated on their websites they “were struck by the context and timing of this email, and sent a follow up letter to Ambassador Rice.”
“It’s the oddest thing in the world to send an email to yourself on Inauguration Day about a conversation held on January 5th. … Why should he have to say that to begin with?” Graham asked as he wondered what the group had been discussing prior to the Jan. 5 meeting.
Graham said he wonders what Obama and Rice knew about the FISA warrant used to spy on Trump campaign officials and how it was granted based on a “political” dossier funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
“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 two senators told Rice.
“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,’” they continued.
Sen. Graham called Rice’s Inauguration Day email to herself “odd and disturbing.”
Graham said on “The Story With Martha MacCallum”:
“We know the investigation regarding the Trump campaign was anything but by the book.”
Rice is scheduled to testify before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Feb. 22.
Obama, Comey and the top national security officials discused sharing information related to Russia with the incoming Trump administration.
“A person familiar with the January 5, 2017, meeting said the Obama administration wanted to know whether the FBI and others in the intelligence community believed there was a national security reason to limit conversations with the Trump transition about Russia because some of the incoming president’s team could be compromised,” CNN reported Monday.
“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,” Rice wrote. “The President asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks. Anything that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey said he would.”
Everything involved with this attempted coup needs to be released to the public.
It looks very much like the expectation was that Hillary would win. They hoped none of this would come out in the open.
Rush Limbaugh contends that there was apparent corruption of high-ranking officials. In the FBI, the Justice Department and other intelligence agencies. That it was to help Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election and was all about protecting Obama.
“All of this is,” Limbaugh said during his Feb. 7 show. “It was Obama that was policing, directing, informing. Obama permitting the spying and whatever else happened to Donald Trump and his campaign.”