Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s high-powered attorney released a written statement to Congressional investigators over the weekend, saying the senior Obama official did “nothing unusual” when she sent a strange email to herself on Inauguration Day.
The lawyer was responding to questions submitted by Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham regarding the “unusual” message, reportedly outlining a key meeting between senior Obama staffers regarding the Trump campaign’s ties to Russian officials.
“There is nothing ‘unusual’ about the National Security Advisor memorializing an important discussion for the record,” attorney Kathryn Ruemmler said in a statement.
“The Obama White House was justifiably concerned about how comprehensive they should be in their briefings regarding Russia to members of the Trump transition team, particularly Lt. General Michael Flynn, given the concerning communications between him and Russian officials,” she added.
The former NSA was thrust into national headlines days ago, when Congressional leaders were made aware of the email Rice sent to herself during Trump’s inauguration; raising new questions over her role in surveilling senior Trump aides during the 2016 presidential election.
h/t The Hill