Susan Rice Email ‘Raises a Lot of Eyebrows,’ Rep. Mike Johnson Says
Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told the “Todd Starnes Radio Show” Wednesday that recent revelations about an email that Susan Rice sent herself the day of President Trump’s inauguration “raises a lot of eyebrows.”
Rice, the former national security adviser for Obama, has become a major figure in what has been dubbed by Trump himself as “Obamagate.” Republicans have seized on the fact that she sent herself an email on the last day of her job that recounted what some say was a shady meeting inside the Oval Office on Jan. 5, 2017. Johnson said she apparently sent herself the email 15 minutes after she was supposed to exit her job.
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“This is scary stuff, to have power in the hands of people like this that are unscrupulous and will take those political biases into those positions that are supposed to be fair and equal,” Johnson said.
It was at the meeting that Obama met with top members of his cabinet, including Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Vice President Joe Biden and FBI Director James Comey. According to newly released documents, Obama asked Yates to “stay behind” and said he “learned information about Flynn” and his interaction with the Russian ambassador.
“[Obama] specified that he did not have any additional information on the matter, but was seeking information on whether the White House should be treating Flynn any differently, given the information,” according to the documents.
Rice recounted the meeting in the email and wrote, “President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities ‘by the book.’ The President stressed that he is not asking about, intimating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.”
Victor Davis Hanson, a historian at the Hoover Institution, told Fox News on Wednesday that he believes that Rice sent herself the email because she was tired of being a “scapegoat” for the administration.
“During the Benghazi mess, she went out on the directive of Obama on five occasions and lied about the origins, genesis, and the cause of the disaster,” Hanson said. “She was not going to be a scapegoat again.”
Hanson said Rice “played that role again and again … whenever there was a lie in the administration, it was traced back to her.”