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The Morning Briefing: BY THE BOOK, Flynn Didn't Lie to the Feds and Much, Much More

Good Tuesday morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • The president hosts a meeting with Members of Congress on trade
  • President Trump hosts a roundtable with the National Sheriffs’ Association
  • President Trump and Melania host a National African American History Month reception

Dear diary, me and my boss are innocent and didn't break no rulez

A letter from Senate Judiciary Chair Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) to notorious liar and former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice is raising some eyebrows. The letter asks liar Rice about a freakish email she wrote to herself mere minutes after President Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017. The email to herself memorializes, whitewashes or fabricates (you pick which one) a conversation that took place two weeks before and was previously unknown to the public. Oh yeah, this seems totally kosher.

In the email, Obama's national security adviser 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, initiating 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.”

Also revealed in the email: Obama was concerned about sharing information with the Trump administration because RUSSIA. "From a national security perspective, however, President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming [Trump] team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia," wrote Rice.

We also learn from Grassley and Graham's letter that former FBI director and self-identified moral compass James Comey may have lied to Congress about this meeting with President Obama.

If Rice’s email is accurate, Comey may have seriously misled Congress about his meetings with Obama.

Dated June 8, 2017, Comey’s “Statement for the Record” provided to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, notes, “I have tried to include information that may be relevant to the committee.”

Comey clearly did not find the January 5, 2017 meeting to be particularly relevant.

In other words, on January 5, 2017, an Oval Office meeting occurred between then-FBI director Comey, the soon-to-be-former president of the United States (Obama), his soon-to-be-former Vice-President (Biden), then-National Security Advisor Susan Rice and soon-to-be Acting Attorney General Sally Yates–and Comey apparently viewed this meeting as irrelevant to congressional investigators.

I mean come on, people. This stinks to high hell.

Related:

A top Justice Department attorney quit because she was reportedly afraid she would be forced to oversee the Russia investigation