Former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s recently-declassified January 2017 e-mail cited no wrongdoing by then-incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in talking with a Russian ambassador and mentioned then-FBI Director James Comey’s greatest concern was that Flynn was speaking to the ambassador an excessive amount of.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell just lately declassified an e-mail that Rice had written herself hours earlier than leaving the White House on January 20, 2017, a few January 5, 2017, Oval Office assembly with then-President Obama and his prime advisers, together with then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, then-CIA Director John Brennan, then-FBI Director James Comey, and then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.
Rice’s e-mail was first found and launched in 2018 by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), as a part of their investigation into the FBI’s dealing with of the investigation into the Trump marketing campaign. The e-mail emphasised that Obama needed to verify the investigation was continuing “by the book.”
However, the e-mail was nonetheless partially categorised till Tuesday, after Grenell declassified it absolutely upon request by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI).
The newly-declassified portion revealed that Comey solely had “some concerns” that Flynn was talking “frequently” with then Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak, and that it “could” be a difficulty because it associated to the outgoing Obama National Security Council sharing delicate data with Flynn about Russia.
Obama then requested Comey if he meant that the NSC mustn’t cross delicate details about Russia to Flynn. Comey solely mentioned “potentially,” and mentioned to date there was no indication Flynn handed on any categorised data to Kislyak.
Notably, there was no expression of concern over any particular wrongdoing. As just lately declassified interview transcripts have revealed, the FBI had moved to shut its investigation of Flynn as a possible Russian agent a day earlier than that January 5, 2017, assembly, and then-FBI agent Peter Strzok intervened to maintain the investigation open on the idea of Flynn’s calls with Kislyak.
Those calls had been then used as a pretext by the FBI to interview Flynn on the White House. Top FBI officers mentioned whether or not the purpose of the interviews was to get Flynn to confess to a violation of the Logan Act, an out of date 1799 regulation that has by no means been efficiently prosecuted, or get him to lie in order that Flynn could possibly be prosecuted or fired.
In the newly-declassified portion of the e-mail, Rice wrote, “Director Comey affirmed that he is proceeding ‘by the book’ as it relates to law enforcement. 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.’”
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