Susan Rice Email Adds Layer to Flynn Controversy

Headline Roundup May 20th, 2020

Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell declassified an email Tuesday that Obama-era national security advisor Susan Rice had sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration. The email contains information on how President Barack Obama's administration planned to handle "sensitive information related to Russia," and pertains to a January 5th, 2017 meeting between Obama and top officials including Rice and then-Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey.

Right-rated outlets have reported and commented on this story more frequently than their center-rated and left-rated counterparts. Many right-rated voices cited the email as evidence that Obama and Comey conspired directly to undermine the incoming administration. Conversely, some left-rated outlets suggested that the Rice email actually contradicts those allegations, and is being circulated by right-rated media to distract from the current administration's purported mismanagement of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Susan Rice Email Adds Layer to Flynn Controversy

From the Left
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On the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, outgoing national security adviser Susan Rice sent herself an email that has since drawn intense scrutiny from Republicans.

Now the full text of the email has been declassified, and POLITICO reviewed it. It says that then-FBI Director James Comey worried about sharing classified information with the Trump team because of incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn’s frequent conversations with the Russian ambassador but that Comey had no knowledge of Flynn sharing classified information with the envoy.

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From the Center
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The Trump administration on Tuesday declassified an email that former national security adviser (NSA) Susan Rice sent herself about a meeting discussing "sensitive information related to Russia" and her incoming successor, Michael Flynn.

The email, which Rice sent the day of President Trump's inauguration, describes a Jan. 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting between herself, former President Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

"Comey said he does have some concerns that incoming NSA Flynn is speaking frequently with Russian...

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From the Right
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A newly declassified email that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice sent herself on President Trump’s inauguration day has raised new questions about James Comey’s role in the outgoing Obama administration’s treatment of Michael Flynn -- but the former FBI director has not yet publicly commented on the contents of the memo.

The email Rice sent to herself on Jan. 20, 2017, documented a Jan. 5 Oval Office meeting with former President Barack Obama and others, during which he provided guidance on how law enforcement should address Russian interference in...

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