Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham have flagged an “unusual email” that former National Security Advisor Susan Rice sent to herself the day of President Trump’s inauguration, reports Fox News.
The mysterious communication reportedly mentions a meeting with former President Barack Obama regarding the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with Russian officials during the election; detailing a high-level conversation with Obama’s senior staff.
“According to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham, the partially unclassified email was sent by Rice on Jan. 20, 2017 — and appears to document a Jan. 5 meeting that included Obama, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, then-Vice President Joe Biden and Rice,” reports Fox.
“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,’” says Rice’s email to herself.
“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 added.
The mysterious email raises new questions over Barack Obama’s involvement in both Hillary Clinton’s botched email investigation, as well as the DOJ’s probe into possible Russian connections to the Trump campaign.