Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has declassified former Obama National Security Advisor’s Susan Rice’s notable ’email to self’ from January 5, 2017. It is currently with the Department of Justice Attorney General William Barr and has not been released publicly in its entirety, according to sources who spoke to SaraACarter.com
Sen. Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, had requested that the email be declassified as part of his ongoing formal investigation into the FBI’s handling of its probe into President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Johnson told this reporter Tuesday that he expected the email to be declassified and made public shortly. In a letter to Barr Monday Johnson thanked the Attorney General for his “leadership and determination in providing relevant information to Congress, including the recent declassification of footnotes from the Office of the InspectorGeneral report about the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”
“The American people deserve transparency, and your tenacious work to bring previously hidden documents and conduct into the light is admirable and vitally important,” stated Johnson in his letter.
Rice’s email is only part of a slew of documents being declassified by Grenell and the Justice Department regarding the bureau investigations that took place against the Trump campaign, unmasking of Trump campaign officials, actions of the Justice Department and the Obama White House during the 2016 election.
Earlier this month Grenell declassified 53 declassified transcripts of witnesses that testified before Congress regarding the FBI’s Russia probe into Trump and his campaign. The testimony had been blocked for nearly a year by the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff.
The Rice email, however, is the closest document that could potentially reveal the extent of former President Obama’s knowledge and his own actions regarding the investigation into the Trump campaign.
Johnson said in his letter Monday that it is imperative to his committees investigation to obtain the fully redacted email and he was aware that Barr was in the process of reviewing the “January 20, 2017, email from former National Security Advisor Susan Rice. In that email, Ambassador Rice summarized an Oval Office meeting with President Obama and other administration officials that occurred on January 5, 2017.”
That meeting with Obama came a day after the FBI had a written memorandum to drop the investigation on then former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. The FBI memo, which was recently declassified noted that the bureau found ‘no derogatory information on Flynn. However, after the Jan. 5 meeting with Obama at the Oval Office, the bureau failed to drop the case against Flynn and instead ramped up its investigation into the retired three star general. Because of the overwhelming amount of evidence revealing that the bureau should have never investigated Flynn the Justice Department has asked the court to drop case against him.
Johnson noted in his letter to Barr that “a majority of Ambassador Rice’s email was declassified but a portion of the email remains classified.”
“The significance of that meeting is becoming increasingly apparent as more and more information is declassified,” he stated “For these reasons, it is essential that Congress and the American people understand what occurred during that January 5, 2017, meeting and how it was later characterized by administration officials. The declassification of Ambassador Rice’s email, in whole, will assist these efforts.”
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