Morning Greatness: Strange Susan Rice Email Fully Declassified

Good Wednesday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda for the day:

  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump holds a conference call with the National Hispanic Community
  • The president participates in a meeting with the Governor of Arkansas and the Governor of Kansas
  • 3:00PM Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a briefing

Grenell declassifies Susan Rice’s email to herself

This email is very curious. Very curious. Let’s say you are at your job, doing your work on a regular day. Do you write a memo to yourself saying that you are not breaking any laws or any workplace rules? Who would think to do such a thing unless you are trying to create a written record. People tend to write thing down to certify or to create a contemporaneous record of events for perhaps, a legal proceeding or formal process. I wonder how many other memos to file Rice wrote over the course of her time in the Obama Administration. By the way, last night I made some lovely ribeye steaks and then I went into my home office and sent myself an email memorializing that I did not put arsenic poison on the steaks. Because that’s a totally normal thing to do, right?

No.

Susan Rice waited more than two weeks, on inauguration day, to summarize a very odd meeting with Obama, Biden, Holy James Comey and resistance doyenne Sally Yates. Rice wrote that the meeting was about how the Obama Administration was handling what we have come to know as the pretend RUSSIA collusion investigation, “by the book.” Some of the memo was made available already but parts were redacted. Here’s what was redacted:

“Director Comey affirmed that he is proceeding ‘by the book’ as it relates to law enforcement,” Rice wrote. “From a national security perspective, Comey said he does have some concerns that incoming NSA Flynn is speaking frequently with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. Comey said that could be an issue as it relates to sharing sensitive information. President Obama asked if Comey was saying that the NSC should not pass sensitive information related to Russia to Flynn. Comey replied ‘potentially.’ He added that he has no indication thus far that Flynn has passed classified information to Kislyak, but he noted that ‘the level of communication is unusual.’ 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 that he would.”

Here’s what is really going on: the Obama administration was plotting to secretly investigate the incoming Trump Administration and they are trying to say that this effort was “by the book,” you know, totally normal and legal. Rice is laying down the line that Obama and Rice don’t know what’s going on, they don’t know about the investigation but whatever is happening, it’s “by the book” but they don’t know what that is. The duo are throwing Comey under the bus here, presenting him as the dude who knows what is going on. Rice and Obama (and Biden, but he probably thought he was at a bingo tournament or something) just want whatever is happening, to be done “by the book.”

The declassified section of the memo comically asserts that Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, the incoming National Security Advisor and 33-year military veteran, might pass on classified information to the RUSSIANS. Despite a months (years?) long investigation into Flynn that was supposed to be closed for lack of evidence, fired FBI Director James Comey thought that Flynn might potentially pass on classified information. On what basis? NONE. We also don’t know how many times Flynn actually spoke to Kislyak, which Comey said was an “unusual” amount and remember, the Feds had been snooping on Flynn so they had transcripts of his communications. We know they had a transcript of his famous call with Kislyak. Why the conditional and halting language Comey purportedly used to describe his concern? If they had all the opportunity to get the goods on Flynn for espionage, why didn’t they? And even worse, they knew Flynn had asked Kislyak not to retaliate, not to punish the U.S. in return for Obama’s sanctions. How does that work against U.S. interests?

Politico offers a predictable “Republicans seized” piece of journalism to report on the declassification. “Republicans have seized on the document as potential evidence that the outgoing president had ordered the FBI to spy on the new administration, as Trump has alleged.” Hey Politico, we know this is a fact not an allegation. Only the first FISA authorization was done under the campaign, the other three were gotten when Trump was president. The FISA may have been for Carter Page but it gave the authority to snoop on Page’s contacts retroactively and going forward. So yes, spying on the new administration. The only issue as Politico points out, is whether Obama knew. And the purpose of Rice’s bizarre CYA memo was to put down the marker that they did not know but whatever measures were taking place should be by the book.

In a statement Tuesday evening about the email’s release, a representative for Rice stressed that “no discussion of law enforcement matters or investigations took place, despite accusations to the contrary.” Fox News writes, “The spokeswoman also insisted the Obama administration did not change the way it briefed Flynn, saying Rice briefed Flynn for more than 12 hours on four separate occasions during the transition.”

“Ambassador Rice did not alter the way she briefed Michael Flynn on Russia as a result of Director Comey’s response,” Rice representative Erin Pelton said.

Of course.

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Pro-Trump outside groups raise $16.8 million in April
Oh boy. New Black Panthers Reportedly Gather For Coronavirus Protest In Front Of Two Chinese Food Restaurants In DC
Senate Intelligence panel approves Ratcliffe as spy chief
Who cares? Almost three quarters of Germans have lower opinion of US over pandemic: poll
This never happens to me! Virginia family finds bags stuffed with $1M in cash lying on road
Minnesota TV anchor assaulted by suspect over his ‘perceived’ sexuality
Harvey Weinstein extradition to L.A. to face sex-crime charges delayed due to COVID-19
Matt Lauer attacks Ronan Farrow’s reporting, claims Pulitzer winner violated ‘journalistic standards’
Hobby Lobby’s Gilgamesh tablet for Museum of the Bible ‘stolen,’ feds say
Judge allows fraud suit against Trump, family and company to proceed
Better late than never. McConnell endorses Senate Republican investigation of Mueller probe

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

About Liz Sheld

Liz Sheld is the senior news editor at American Greatness. She is a veteran political strategist and pollster who has worked on campaigns and public interest affairs. Liz has written at Breitbart and The Federalist, as well as at PJ Media, where she wrote "The Morning Briefing." In her spare time, she shoots sporting clays and watches documentaries.

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