Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham seem to be probing that very question.
White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah offered the first official reaction to recent revelations that former National Security Advisor Susan Rice sent herself an email minutes before inauguration day 2017 with information about the Trump administration and Russian Federation. Lindsey Graham, the partially unclassified email was sent by Rice on January 20, 2017 - and appears to document a January 5 meeting that included Obama, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, then-Vice President Joe Biden and Rice.
Rice wrote that Obama had told Comey he was committed to ensuring "that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities 'by the book'". "He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book".
Top Republican senators are demanding answers from Susan Rice as a newly discovered email sheds light on possible wrongdoing by the Obama-era Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ. Pay close attention to the line of questioning.
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The timing of Rice's letter suggests she was attempting to cover up something or to explain away inappropriate actions which were not "by the book". So in an effort to reconstruct history, she writes herself a memo: 'By the way, dear Susan Rice, don't forget that Barack Obama said "I want this done by the book".
"A person familiar with the January 5, 2017, meeting said the Obama administration wanted to know whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others in the intelligence community believed there was a national security reason to limit conversations with the Trump transition about Russian Federation because some of the incoming president's team could be compromised,". "Comey said he would".
The day following that January 5 meeting where the four leaders of the intelligence community-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers and Comey-officially presented Obama with the Steele dossier, the same four briefed President-elect Trump at Trump Tower on the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
In that email, she displayed a hesitance to share information on Russian Federation with the incoming Trump team, and insisted that every aspect of the Russian Federation issue would be carried out "by the book".
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She added, "The President asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team". As she prepared to leave the White House, Rice sent the email as an eternal testament to the Obama White House's regard for process. Grassley and Graham said the meeting included a discussion of the now-infamous dossier.
One of the text messages, obtained by Congress, reveals a conversation between Strzok and Page discussing a meeting they had in the office of then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe discussing an "insurance policy" against Trump in the event he was elected.
The dossier, produced by Fusion GPS, was used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to obtain a FISA surveillance warrant on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.
Papadopoulos relayed that gossip to an Australian diplomat, who, in turn, informed the US about what he had heard once Democratic emails started being released.
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