Comey had secret assembly with Obama simply earlier than Trump inauguration

Comey had secret assembly with Obama simply earlier than Trump inauguration

According to the released email, the January 5 meeting followed a briefing by the intelligence community on Russian hacking during the 2016 election.

Then-President Barack Obama had a meeting on January 5, 2017 with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

The email has raised interest among congressional investigators because it was sent on Rice's last day in office, January 20, 2017, and appeared to frame the meeting in a particular way. Trump had just been sworn in as president minutes before.

Most recently, Susan Rice lied about the Obama administration's unmasking abuse and denied her particular role in that scandal.

Dated June 8, 2017, Comey's "Statement for the Record" provided to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, notes, "I have tried to include information that may be relevant to the committee".

Rice's report is that after "a briefing by IC [intelligence community] leadership on Russian hacking during the 2016 Presidential election, President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation" with FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office, at which Vice President Joe Biden and Rice were also present. "Comey said he would".

"President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities 'by the book.' The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective".

Just last week, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation informant, William Campbell, who was silenced under the Obama administration, revealed to Congress that Russian authorities had hired an American lobbying firm, APCO Worldwide, to influence the Obama administration. 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".


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. Comey said he would".

Grassley is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which Graham also sits.

"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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as at the Justice Department and the State Department, actually did proceed 'by the book'".

Sen. Graham called Rice's Inauguration Day email to herself "odd and disturbing".

It may be, in other words, that Obama's meeting with Comey et al. the day before was devoted in whole or in part to deciding whether Trump should be briefed on the dossier and in what degree of detail.

"When you look at what happened, it was an abuse of power, not 'by the book, '" Graham said.

"Did anyone instruct, request, suggest, or imply that you should send yourself the aforementioned Inauguration Day email memorializing President Obama's meeting with Mr. Comey about the Trump/Russia investigation?" Grassley and Graham asked Rice in their letter.

Obama has maintained that he never interfered in the Russian Federation probe, but some of the former president's high-profile critics point to developments that suggest otherwise.

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