Susan Rice Email Declassified – and It's Just What You'd Expect

Trumpies have been clamoring for years to have Susan Rice’s email of Jan. 5, 2017, declassified. This was a memo the national security adviser wrote to herself to memorialize a conversation in the Oval Office meeting about Russian interference (this kind of memo is a standard practice in government when you want to create a verified paper trail). The GOP expected to find it ammunition to use against Biden, charging that he and Obama were spying on Flynn in order to discredit Trump.

As usual, they didn’t get what they were expecting.

Trump administration declassifies full Susan Rice email sent on Inauguration Day

The email, which memorialized the meeting two weeks after it happened, said Obama wanted to be sure “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, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective,” the email continued. “He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.”

(There’s a link here that will open the PDF of the memo.)

What the memo shows, as even the Washington Examiner describes it, was the Obama administration’s concern that discussing classified material with Flynn was a security risk: Fully declassified Susan Rice email reveals reluctance to share 'sensitive' Russia information with Michael Flynn.

Of course, this won’t stop Trump from trying to use this. <sigh>