Scott wrote this morning regarding the extraordinary e mail that National Security Advisor Susan Rice wrote to herself at 12:15 on January 20, 2017, inside minutes of when President Trump was inaugurated. It might want to have been her closing act, roughly, sooner than she vacated the White House. So clearly the e-mail was essential to her. But why would not it’s essential to ship an e mail to herself (the one particular person copied was definitely one among her aides)?
If you study the e-mail, which Scott posted along with Senator Grassley’s letter to Rice, it is obvious that it is a CYA memo. But the question is, whose A is being C’d?
Most consideration, so far, has focused on the first two paragraphs of the e-mail, which describe a gathering that occurred spherical two weeks earlier. The members included Barack Obama, Joe Biden, James Comey, Sally Yates–who turns up like a nasty penny at any time when skulduggery is afoot–and Rice:
President Obama began the dialog by stressing his continued dedication to creating positive that every aspect of this problem is handled by the Intelligence and regulation enforcement communities “by the book”. The President burdened that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing one thing from a regulation enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our regulation enforcement employees should proceed as a result of it normally would by the book.
This is pure boilerplate. It represents, clearly, the company line. But Rice did not write her e mail to cowl Barack Obama’s rear end. If she or anyone else had wished to doc the declare that Obama talked about to proceed “by the book,” the appropriate course would have been an official memo that copied others who’ve been present and would have gone into the file. (My guess is that such a memo was written, nevertheless we haven’t seen it.) In my opinion, the required part of the e-mail is simply not the paragraph that purports to exonerate Obama, nevertheless the paragraphs that adjust to:
From a nationwide security perspective, nonetheless, President Obama talked about he wishes to make it possible for, as we work together with the incoming employees, we’re conscious to determine if there could also be any motive that we will not share data completely as a result of it pertains to Russia.
The subsequent paragraph of the e-mail stays labeled and has been redacted. The e mail concludes:
The President requested Comey to inform him if one thing changes inside the subsequent few weeks that should have an impact on how we share labeled data with the incoming employees. Comey talked about he would.
Why did Susan Rice ship herself an e mail purporting to doc this part of the meeting? Because she was C’ing her private A. Rice was nervous concerning the fact that, on the president’s route, she had did not “share information fully as it relates to Russia” with President Trump’s incoming nationwide security employees. This violated longstanding American customized. Outgoing administrations have on a regular basis cooperated inside the transition to a model new administration, whether or not or not of the equivalent or the opposing get collectively, notably on points referring to nationwide security.
Susan Rice is way from the brightest bulb on the tree, nevertheless she was correctly aware that by concealing data ostensibly referring to nationwide security from her counterpart inside the new administration–General Michael Flynn–she was, at a minimal, violating longstanding civic norms. If she actually lied to Flynn, she may need been accused of so much worse. So Rice wished to have the flexibility to retrieve her e mail, if she found herself in a sticky state of affairs, and inform the world that she hid associated data about Russia from the model new administration on Barack Obama’s orders.
What have been the secrets and techniques and strategies that Obama wished to keep up from the model new administration? We can merely surmise that the reality that the Steele memo was paid for by the Democratic Party; that the FBI needed to some extent collaborated with Steele; that the Clinton advertising marketing campaign had fed a lot of the fake info inside the file to Steele; and that Comey’s FBI had used Steele’s fabrications because the premise for FISA warrants to spy on the Trump advertising marketing campaign have been among the many many data that Obama and his minions didn’t want Michael Flynn and Donald Trump to know. Susan Rice, we’re in a position to infer, was knowledgeable to keep up these secrets and techniques and strategies, and if anyone ever requested why she had did not disclose them to Michael Flynn and others on Trump’s employees, and even lied to those people, she would have the safety that President Obama ordered her to do it.
There is also further to it than this. The redacted paragraph in all probability accommodates further particulars about what it was that Rice wasn’t supposed to tell the Trump employees. One of at this time, we’re going to examine what was blacked out.
The incontrovertible fact that Michael Flynn was Susan Rice’s counterpart inside the incoming administration might also be vital. We know that the FBI brokers who interviewed General Flynn–even Peter Strzok!–reported that they didn’t assume he had lied about one thing. And however, Obama’s DOJ and Bob Mueller’s “investigation”–principally a continuation of Obama’s corrupt Department of Justice beneath one different, a lot much less accountable title–persecuted Flynn to the aim the place he lastly pled accountable to a single rely of lying to the FBI in order, as he says, to complete the madness and the financial drain.
Why have been the Democrats so determined to discredit General Flynn? Perhaps on account of they wished to pre-empt any outrage which can in every other case have adopted on revelations that the Obama administration’s National Security Advisor hid crucial data from her successor all through the transition, and may have lied to him about these data, in violation of all American customized.
CYA memos should not typically a superb suggestion. Most usually, they reveal what the author was making an try to cover. I imagine that is the case with regard to Susan Rice’s now-infamous e mail to herself.