Republican Senators demanded that former Obama national security advisor Susan Rice answer some tough questions about an email she wrote to herself on the inauguration day for President Trump.
Here’s her response to the questions
Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) sent Rice a letter on February 5 with several questions about her odd correspondence to herself.
The letter asked why Rice would send herself “such an unusual email purporting to document a conversation involving President Obama and his interactions with the FBI regarding the Trump/Russia investigation.”
In a statement from Rice’s lawyer Kathryn Ruemmler, she denied that the email was unusual, explaining that the Obama administration 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.”
The Trump dossier
The Senators had asked if the meeting Rice detailed in the email had anything to do with the controversial “Trump dossier” that contained allegedly damaging information about Trump that the Russians had obtained.
“The discussion that Ambassador Rice documented did not involve the so-called Steele dossier,” the statement said. “Any insinuation that Ambassador Rice’s actions in this matter were inappropriate is yet another attempt to distract and deflect from the importance of the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in America’s democracy.”
Investigation into Russian collusion
Rice also denied that she had any knowledge of an investigation into alleged collusion between the Russian government and members of the Trump campaign.
“While serving as National Security Advisor, Ambassador Rice was not briefed on the existence of any FBI investigation into allegations of collusion between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia, and she later learned of the fact of this investigation from Director Comey’s subsequent public testimony,” the statement said.
Rice also denied knowing about any FISA applications in the same investigation.
“Ambassador Rice was not informed of any FISA applications sought by the FBI in its investigation, and she only learned of them from press reports after leaving office,” the statement added.