White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is asked a question and immediately goes into the shady and bizarre Susan Rice email, that she sent to herself, that has since been declassified.
The email dates back to January of 2017 and provides information about how Obama handled the Russian investigation that ended up causing a problem for General Michael Flynn as well.
The email, which was written on Jan. 20, 2017, documented a Jan. 5 Oval Office meeting with then-President Barack Obama and others, during which he provided guidance on how law enforcement needed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race. Parts of it were released previously, but the section on then-FBI Director James Comey's response had been classified as "TOP SECRET" until now.
Top Secret for what? James Comey was involved? No shock there.
Comey suggested to Obama that the National Security Council (NSC) might not want to pass "sensitive information related to Russia" to Flynn, according to a newly declassified email that Flynn's predecessor sent herself on Inauguration Day.
Very odd that Susan Rice would be sending herself this on the day of Trump's inauguration.
The section showed that Comey affirmed to Obama he was proceeding "by the book," and went on to discuss concerns about Flynn's known conversations with Russia's ambassador at the time -- conversations that would play a role later in the criminal case against Flynn. (quotes from Fox News)
And McEnany brings this up - that Rice said "by the book" - but what is the purpose of saying those words?
If someone does something by the book, then there's no need to say it's by the book because it's assumed that the person was following protocol.
Now Susan Rice has some questions to answer and so does everyone involved in the unmasking and problems they caused for General Michael Flynn.
Parts of Susan Rice's declassified email states:
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.