Newly Disclosed Rice Memo Throws Comey Under The Bus
In a newly released memo to herself written on Inauguration Day an email from Susan Rice, Obama’s former national security adviser, talks about a meeting with the outgoing president, James Comey and others. The biggest problem this new email is creating, is for former FBI head, James Comey.
You see, during all of his testimony before Congress, the former FBI boss, never mentioned attending any such meeting or that one was even held. Something that many in Congress are not happy about since Mr. Comey used considerable notes, and memos during his hours long sit-down in front of the Senate sub-committee during his testimony last June. Despite all these refreshers and reminders, Comey never said a word about his attending the high-level meeting with Obama or the subjects discussed in it.
In fact, in his opening statement before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey downplayed the importance of all his meetings with President Obama, comparing them with the encounters he often had with President Trump before he was terminated. Comey even said in a written statement: “I spoke alone with President Obama twice in person (and never on the phone) – once in 2015 to discuss law enforcement policy issues and a second time, briefly, for him to say goodbye in late 2016.”
Of course, the new Susan Rice email shows that statement to be a complete fabrication. In the email, that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., released earlier this week, Rice wrote to herself on Inauguration Day 2017, she details an Oval Office meeting held Jan. 5 with Obama, Comey, then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and herself. And you know what the topic of that meeting was? Would you believe the progress on the Russia investigation, what a shock.
The meeting apparently concerned the Russia investigation according to information contained in the email. “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.”
The Rice email does not completely contradict Comey’s testimony to the Senate. That’s because he said that he met “alone” with Obama in 2015 and 2016. Obviously the Rice email states that the January 2017 meeting involved multiple officials, but it casts doubt on the validity of Comey’s testimony since the meeting went totally unmentioned.
All this doubt comes right back to focus on two important items, the FISA Court surveillance warrant and the so-called Russian Conspiracy dossier and it’s author, Christopher Steele. The House Intelligence Committee Republicans said the dossier was critical in the application for a surveillance warrant against Trump associate Carter Page. And that as fruit from the forbidden tree, the warrant and any information obtains as a result of that fictitious dossier is all tainted and would not by admissible in any court. Naturally, Democrats disagree with that analysis and say it is misleading and are pushing to release their own version.