GOP Senators Ron Johnson and Lindsey Graham, who released their own memo a few days ago, say in a new letter that they’ve uncovered an “unusual email” that Susan Rice sent to herself on the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration that appears to look like a CYA (“cover-your-ass”) email.
She sent an email stating that on January 5, 2017 there was a meeting involving President Obama, FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and Rice in which they were discussing the FBI’s own Trump-Russia investigation.
“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,” she wrote at 12:15 p.m. on January 20, 2017.
Some parts of the email were redacted.
In their letter, Grassley and Graham expressed concern over the strange email.
“It strikes us as odd that, among your activities in the final moments on the final day of the Obama administration, you would feel the need to send yourself such an unusual email purporting to document a conversation involving President Obama and his interactions with the FBI regarding the Trump/Russia investigation,” the two GOP Senators wrote.
The White House hit back, saying that the Obama administration didn’t “operate by the book.”
“That email raises a lot of questions. I can assure you five minutes before you walk out of the door of the White House on January 20th, 2017, you write an email doing something by the book, it is pretty clear you didn’t operate by the book,” White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said on Tuesday afternoon. “It raises a lot of serious questions.”
Grassley and Graham sent Rice a list of 12 questions.