by Rep. Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
In an unusual development casting further shadows on the motives and dealings of the Obama Administration, Sen. Chuck Grassley released a partially redacted email written by President Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and sent to herself, documenting a meeting with Obama where he allegedly stressed “his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect” of the investigation regarding Russian hacking during the 2016 Presidential election is handled “by the book.”
This is a revealing letter in many respects, and suggests the question of whether to depose or not depose President Trump is the wrong one.
Unquestionably, the planks on the bridge leading to Hillary Clinton and her involvement in the FISA affair and with Russian activity designed to influence the outcome of an American presidential election are multiplying and becoming sturdier with every week that passes, while the ones leading to Donald Trump are rapidly crumbling.
But there also appears to be a new extension emanating from the Hillary Bridge, one leading to former President Obama himself, and one that was just made stronger by the hapless and unwitting actions of the dishonest and often bumbling Former National Security Adviser, Susan Rice.
The mere fact that that Rice would write an email to herself makes the communication unusual, but there is so much more that raises questions.
First, the letter was sent on Jan. 20, 2017, at 12:15:32 PM, from, and to, an official government email address. Of course, this is the date of the new President’s inauguration marking the peaceful transfer of power from the Obama Administration to the Trump team. Although the date of the letter is indeed striking, even more surprising is the time, as it was sent after President Trump had been sworn into office at approximately 11:47 a.m. By 12:15 p.m., the time the email was sent, both President Obama and his White House team, inclusive of Rice, were out of office.
Why would Susan Rice be sending an email containing classified information and detailing certain aspects of a meeting with the Immediate Past President of the United States using an official government email less than 30 minutes after the new President had been sworn in when she was no longer National Security Adviser? And does the act of handling classified information less than an hour after the expiration of her term in office make Susan Rice criminally liable? After all, she was no longer in any official capacity.
Equally as intriguing, Rice is actually not the only recipient of her self-sent email as she copied one of her staffers, a young man named Curtis Ried, who according to his very scant twitter feed worked for Ambassador Rice for seven years. Why cc Curtis Ried? Did he have a need to know about this meeting? Was the email solicited by Ried? Did someone else ask Rice to send it, and if so, who?
This brings us to the substance of the Jan. 5 meeting documented in the email. Why would the President of the United States, in the last fortnight of his tenure, need to remind the FBI Director, the Deputy Attorney General, the Vice President, and the National Security Advisor, of the need to carry out an investigation regarding suspected Russian hacking “by the book”?
Adding to the incongruity is Rice’s problems with her candor and her lack of credibility. Recall, this is the same Susan Rice that The Washington Times’ David Keene called the Obama Administration’s “go-to liar” largely because of her multiple attempts to sell a fake story to the American people linking the attack on our embassy in Benghazi to a ridiculous and inconsequential movie. She is also the same Susan Rice who called Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl a hero. One must strongly consider that Rice’s email represents another messaging mission given to her by the President Obama.
Admittedly, the public is not in possession of sufficient information to answer the myriad of questions posed by Rice’s actions. But here’s what we do know.
Along with the texts sent by Lisa Paige to her FBI lover and coworker, Peter Strzok, there are now at least two known references regarding the possible direct involvement of President Obama in the covert and illegal investigations of American citizens with the intent to dig up dirt on his party’s political opponent, more than enough to depose the President’s potential direct role in this latest example of the federal government’s abuse of power.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.
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