Tuesday, May 19, 2020
An email that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice sent herself detailing an early January 2017 Oval Office meeting has been fully declassified, revealing just how focused the outgoing Obama administration was on retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. A portion of Rice's email, sent to herself on Trump's Inauguration Day, was not visible to the public until Tuesday. It shows now-fired FBI Director James Comey stating his concerns about the incoming Trump national security adviser's conversations with a Russian envoy and expressing reluctance to share "sensitive information" related to Russia to Flynn.
"Director Comey affirmed that he is processing by the book' as it relates to law enforcement. From a national security perspective, Comey said he does have some concerns that incoming NSA Flynn is speaking frequently with Russian ambassador Kislyak. Comey said that could be an issue as it relates to sharing sensitive information," Rice wrote. "President Obama asked if Comey was saying that the NSC should not pass sensitive information related to Russia to Flynn. Comey replied potentially.' He added that he has no indication that Flynn has passed classified information to Kislyak, but he noted that the level of communication is unusual.'"
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