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A newly released inauguration day, E-Mails, in which Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice detailed a meeting with the outgoing President, James Comey, and other new issues, for which the former FBI chief, considering that he never mentioned how a sit-down in Senate testimony in June of last year.
In his opening statement, at the time of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey down his meeting with President Barack Obama, played, and contrasts them with the numerous conversations that he had with the President of Trump before his release.
“I talked alone with President Obama twice in person (not by telephone) to discuss once – a-year 2015 law enforcement policy issues and a second time to adopt short, for him, the end of 2016,” Comey said in his written statement.
But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., earlier this week published an E-Mail rice sent on the day of the entry into office until 2017, detailing an Oval Office meeting Jan. 5 with Obama, Comey, then – Vice President Joe Biden, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and himself.
The meeting, apparently, the Russia-investigation concerned.
“President Obama began the conversation by emphasizing his continuing commitment to ensure that every aspect of the intelligence and law enforcement communities,” wrote of this Problem is treated by the book,'” Rice. “The President stressed that he would not ask, to initiate or instruct anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our laws need enforcement team to go, as it is usually by the book.”
The Daily Caller first highlighted the possible discrepancy with Comey’s Senate testimony.
Technically, the rice E is not outright contradict Comey’s testimony speak. He just said that he met alone with Obama in 2015 and 2016. The January 2017 meeting involved several officials, but it is unclear why it would be mentioned.
In a letter, the rice press, a Declaration of the E-Mail, Grassley, and Graham asked some further questions about Comey’s role in the meeting. In particular, you will be asked whether Comey referred to the possible reporting on the controversial anti-Trump dossier, and whether it described the FBI’s relationship with dossier-author, a former British spy Christopher Steele.
In a recent memo, House Intelligence Committee, a Republican, said the dossier was of crucial importance in the application for monitoring warrant against Trump associate Carter page. Democrats say that memo is misleading, and insist on publication of their own version.
Speaking Monday night on Fox News’ “The story with Martha MacCallum,” Graham said, he wants to know what is said Comey, when Obama called for the investigation to be conducted “by the book.” Graham wondered if Comey noted that the “source” of the information, which came for the guarantee of a “paid operative of the Democratic party.” Steele’s research has been funded by the Fusion of GPS with the help of the democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.
“This is the strangest conversation that I can imagine,” Graham said in reference to the Jan. 5, 2017, to meet.
Rice also wrote that Obama said: “he wants to be sure that, as we have with the incoming team, we are aware of, in order to determine whether there is any reason that we can not share information completely, in the case of Russia.”
She added: “The President asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks, should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey said he would.”
Rice’s attorney, Kathryn Ruemmler, however, said there was “nothing” unusual “” rice “memorializing an important discussion for the record.”
“The Obama White house was right to be concerned, how comprehensive they should be, in your briefings in relation to Russia, members of the trump transition team, especially Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, in the light of the above, the communication between him and Russian officials,” Ruemmler said in a statement to Fox News.
In spite of proposals by Grassley and Graham that the meeting touched on the trump-dossier, she said: “The discussion, Ambassador rice documented, with the so-called Steele dossier.”
Ruemmler added: “Any suggestion that Ambassador rice’s actions in this matter were inappropriate is another attempt to divert and distract, from the meaning of the ongoing investigations of the Russian interference in America’s democracy.”
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.