Thursday, May 28, 2020

Trump administration declassifies full Susan Rice email sent on Inauguration Day

Susan Rice

Newly declassified portions of a key Susan Rice email confirm that Michael Flynn was personally targeted during a January 5 Oval Office meeting with Obama.

What happened: On Jan. 20, 2017, as President Donald Trump was being inaugurated, former White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice sent herself a bizarre email detailing the Jan. 5 meeting between her, Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and fired former Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey.

Richard Grenell today declassified the entire email showing portions we weren’t able to see for years, including portions regarding then-President Barack Obama.

 

That email can be read here:

Rice’s email to herself was first flagged in 2018 by Grassley, R-Iowa, the former Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who now sits as chairman of the panel. The email was partially unclassified at the time and appeared to detail the Jan. 5, 2017, meeting, which included Obama, Rice, Comey, then-CIA Director John Brennan, and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-Vice President Joe Biden.

Obama seemingly knew: The email also appeared to reflect Obama’s guidance on sharing sensitive information with both the Russians and the incoming Trump administration. Rice wrote that Obama said, “he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.”

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The Trump administration on Friday unveiled the official flag to be used by the Space Force, the newest branch of the military.

President Trump held an Oval Office ceremony where the flag was unfurled, signing a proclamation denoting Armed Forces Day alongside military leaders.

President Trump said: “Space is going to be the future, both in terms of defense and offense and so many other things,” Trump said. “And already, from what I’m hearing and based on reports, we’re now the leader in space.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden, after again emphatically denying the claim of a former staffer that he sexually assaulted her nearly three decades ago, acknowledged for the first time Thursday the dilemma now facing some potential supporters in November, saying: “They should vote with their heart.”

Joe Biden said: “If they believe Tara Reade, they probably shouldn’t vote for me. I wouldn’t vote for me if I believed Tara Reade,” Biden told Lawrence O’Donnell during an extended interview Thursday on MSNBC.

Sen. Lindsey Graham on Thursday brushed back President Donald Trump’s pleas for the Judiciary Committee chairman to haul in former President Barack Obama for testimony about the origins of the Russia investigation and the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Gen. Michael Flynn.

What happened: Trump earlier in the day Tweeted out to Lindsay Graham saying: “If I were a Senator or Congressman, the first person I would call to testify about the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR, is former President Obama,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “He knew EVERYTHING. Do it @LindseyGrahamSC , just do it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more talk!”

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Mike Garcia (R-CA) with 76% of precincts reporting, has a commanding lead over Democrat rival Christy Smith.  Garcia is leading by nearly 20k votes as of Wednesday afternoon.

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Tom Tiffany, a Republican state senator, won a special election on Tuesday to fill a House seat in rural northern Wisconsin.

What happened: Mr. Tiffany defeated Tricia Zunker, a Democratic school board member. Officials in both parties were closely monitoring Mr. Tiffany’s margin of victory.