Obama Had Secret Meeting With Comey to Discuss Trump-Russia Investigation, Email Shows
An email sent by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice reveals that President Barack Obama had a meeting with FBI Director James Comey and incoming Acting Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office to discuss the Trump-Russia investigation on Jan. 5, 2017, just weeks before Trump was inaugurated as president.
“I do not talk to the Attorney General about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line and always have maintained it. I guarantee it,” Obama said in an interview on Fox News Sunday in April 2016.
The email also corroborates text messages sent between FBI agents working on the Clinton and Trump cases, that Obama “wants to know everything we’re doing.”
Parts of Rice’s emails were released as part of a probe by the Senate Judiciary Committee into the FBI’s investigation into Trump.
The email has raised interest among congressional investigators because it was sent on Rice’s last day in office, Jan. 20, 2017, and appeared to frame the meeting in a particular way.
“It strikes us as odd that, among your activities in the final moments on the final day of the Obama administration, you would feel the need to send yourself such an unusual email purporting to document a conversation involving President Obama and his interactions with the FBI regarding the Trump/Russia investigation,” Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wrote in a joint statement.
The Senators have requested more information from Rice about the email, including whether anyone instructed her to write the email memorializing Obama’s meeting with Comey and Yates.
Rice, herself, as well as then-Vice President Joe Biden, were also present for the meeting.
Rice wrote that Obama had told Comey he was committed to ensuring “that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities ‘by the book.’”
Recent revelations, however, have shown that neither the investigation into Clinton nor Trump were normal.
“Despite your claim that President Obama repeatedly told Mr. Comey to proceed ‘by the book,’ substantial questions have arisen about whether officials at the FBI, as well as at the Justice Department and the State Department, actually did proceed ‘by the book,’” the congressional letter to Rice reads.
Thousands of text messages obtained by the DOJ Inspector General reveal that the lead FBI agent on both the Clinton and Trump cases, Peter Strzok, and a high-ranking FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, had a clear bias in favor of Clinton and against Trump.
One of the text messages, obtained by Congress, reveals a conversation between Strzok and Page discussing a meeting they had in the office of then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe discussing an “insurance policy” against Trump in the event he was elected.