Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Disturbing Charade

As President Trump laid his hand upon the Lincoln Bible at high noon on January 20, 2017, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was administering the Oath of Office.  At 12:15 PM, Obama’s National Security Administrator was busily typing an email to herself.
She was adorably concerned [I’m being factious here] about detailing her boss’ guidance at a “high-level meeting” in the Oval Office from January 5 about how “law enforcement should investigate interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.”
In attendance was The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, “Uncle” Joe Biden, FBI Director James Comey and Rice.
In the email, Rice wrote: “On January 5, following a briefing by IC leadership on Russian hacking during the 2016 Presidential election, President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation with FBI Director Jim Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office. Vice President Biden and I were also present. 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. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book. From a national security perspective, however, President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia. 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.”
The “unusual” email first surfaced Monday, when Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sent Rice a letter asking her to further explain why she sent the email and whether it pertains to her involvement in the Trump-Russia dossier.

Sens. Grassley and Graham asked her to tell them when she first became aware of the FBI’s investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign. NOTE: The FBI reportedly began investigating links  sometime in July 2016.
They also asked whether Comey and Yates discussed the dossier in the Oval Office meeting with Obama and how Comey described the FBI’s relationship with the dossier's author, Christopher Steele.
Comey denied ever meeting Obama more than twice in his tenure; once in 2015 and again “to say good-bye in 2016”. By failing to inform the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the meeting in his June 8, 2017 testimony, Comey may have deliberately and intentionally misled Congress about his interactions with the former president, especially a meeting so close to Trump entering the White House.
Rice must reply to the letter by Feb. 22.
If Rice abused her position as National Security Adviser to unmask Trump aides as part of an effort to sabotage the Trump Administration, she committed the crime of espionage.
Question No. 5 of the Grassley/Graham letter divulges the strong suspicion they are in possession of documentation contradicting Rice’s email account of the meeting.
5. Is the account of the January 5, 2017 meeting presented in your email accurate? Did you omit any other portions of the conversation?

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