Those who imagine in authorities transparency have (or had) it in the case of Susan Rice. She is a clear liar. She can also be a knave and a idiot. On September 16, 2012, for instance, she hit the Sunday morning gabfests to claim that the assault on our Benghazi amenities represented cinematic criticism gone wild. She peddled the similar extremely rehearsed line nearly verbatim on every of the 5 exhibits. Here is how she put it on Fox News Sunday: “The best information and the best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. That happened initially was that it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo, as a consequence of the video.”
In the eyes of Barack Obama, such service certified her for a promotion. Rice was serving at the time as United States Ambassador to the United Nations. He wished her to function his Secretary of State. In the occasion, he put in her as his National Security Adviser. As such she despatched an e-mail to herself on Obama’s final day in workplace. Released in redacted type yesterday, the e-mail is one among the most intriguing if enigmatic bits of proof to have emerged in the alleged Russian collusion scandal.
As a part of their oversight efforts, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley and subcommittee chairman Graham obtained the e-mail from the National Archives in response to their request for data of conferences between President Obama and Comey in the collusion investigation. Rice despatched the e-mail to herself with a duplicate to Curtis Ried (Twitter feed right here) on January 20, 2017.
January 20 was in fact the day of President Trump’s inauguration. If the timestamp is appropriate, Rice despatched the e-mail to herself at 12:15 p.m., inside minutes of Trump’s inauguration and simply earlier than she should have departed the White House for the final time.
The e-mail purports to doc a January 5, 2017, Oval Office assembly together with President Obama, Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Vice President Biden and Rice herself relating to Russian interference in the 2016 election. What a crew.
President Obama started the dialog by stressing his continued dedication to making sure that each side of this situation is dealt with by the Intelligence and regulation enforcement communities “by the book”. The President burdened that he’s not asking about, initiating or instructing something from a regulation enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our regulation enforcement staff must proceed because it usually would by the ebook.
Grassley and Graham had been struck by the context and timing of this e-mail and have despatched a observe up letter to Rice. The letter reads partly:
It strikes us as odd that, amongst your actions in the ultimate moments on the ultimate day of the Obama administration, you’d really feel the must ship your self such an uncommon e-mail purporting to doc a dialog involving President Obama and his interactions with the FBI relating to the Trump/Russia investigation. In addition, regardless of your declare that President Obama repeatedly informed Mr. Comey to proceed “by the book,” substantial questions have arisen about whether or not officers at the FBI, in addition to at the Justice Department and the State Department, really did proceed “by the book.”
According to the e-mail, the assembly additional took up the query whether or not Trump may very well be trusted with “information fully as it relates to Russia.” Senator Grassley has posted a press launch and duplicate of his correspondence quoting the e-mail right here. The letter poses 12 numbered inquiries to Rice. I’ve posted the letter and the appended e-mail as redacted under by way of Scribd. Allahpundit provides associated ideas construing the e-mail right here.
Take a have a look at the e-mail with your personal eyes. It is, as I say, an intriguing piece of proof. I might draw each cheap inference in opposition to Obama and Rice, however there’s a stage of uncertainty that essentially attaches right here. To me the e-mail cries of “nobody here but us chickens.”
Grassley Letter to Rice and Attachment by Scott Johnson on Scribd