Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice Responds to Declassification of Email

Elias Hubbard
May 23, 2020

"We write now both to reiterate our request for the declassification of additional information related to the unmasking of Americans around the time of the 2016 election, but also to expand the scope of our request to include information as early as January 2016", Grassley and Johnson wrote.

Keep in mind that Flynn was named as the National Security Adviser for President Trump. The majority of requests occurred before Flynn's communications with Kislyak on December 29. President Trump has attacked "dirty, filthy cops" for the prosecution of his former aide. Flynn's defenders believe it will exonerate the former National Security Advisor.

Parts of the conversations has been publicly reported.

A Republican effort to determine who may have leaked the name of Michael Flynn in connection to his 2016 contact with the Russian ambassador has centered on the question of which Obama administration officials requested his identity be "unmasked" in intelligence documents.

Rice wrote the memo on the same day that President Donald Trump took office, which laid out what she and other within the Oval Office discussed two weeks prior, according to the Daily Wire.

White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice, listens to incoming White House National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn, speak at the 2017 Passing The Baton conference at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington on January 10, 2017.

In an appearance on Fox News' "Fox & Friends", the senator explained the importance that information collected by intelligence agencies is not leaked - especially in order to "further a political narrative" - before suggesting that "at the end of the day, elements of a phone call between Mr. Flynn and the ambassador from Russian Federation at the time were leaked to the press". He went on to suggest that the administration might not want to share sensitive information on Russian Federation with Flynn, though Pelton says Rice did not change the way she briefed Flynn as a result.

"[Comey] 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, '" she wrote.

Also present at the meeting were then-Vice President Joe Biden and deputy attorney general Sally Yates.

The memo was partially declassified in 2018.

During the meeting, according to Rice's email, Obama emphasised "his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities 'by the book'".

After asserting Rice's message showed no discussion of law enforcement matters or investigations took place, Pelton said: "the email clearly states that President Obama stressed that he was 'not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective".

Comey then affirmed that he was proceeding "by the book" but said he was concerned about Flynn's frequent conversations with Kislyak and that the communications "could be an issue as it relates to sharing sensitive information". But Comey's remarks had been classified until this week. Comey said he would, ' Rice concludes.

The network obtained the memo from Republican Sen.

"The meeting took place on January 5, 2017, and involved Rice, Obama, and Vice President Biden, the administration's top political hierarchy on national-security matters, along with Obama's top law-enforcement and counterintelligence officials, deputy attorney general Sally Yates (soon formally to take the acting AG role she was already performing), and Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey", former US Attorney Andrew McCarthy wrote Wednesday.

Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell declassified the document, as well as the unmasking information.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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