Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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Rice’s Inauguration Day ‘Note to File’ in Final Hours of Obama Admin Declassified

May 19, 2020
WASHINGTON – The Office of the Director of National Intelligence today completed a declassification review of an email President Obama’s National Security Advisor sent herself during her last day in office. Susan Rice’s “note to file,” sent on January 20, 2017, described an Oval Office meeting from several weeks prior regarding the FBI’s investigations into Russian interference and Lt. General Michael Flynn.
 
Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have inquired about the email. In February 2018, Grassley and Graham sent a joint letter to Rice, who responded the same month. The email in question was time stamped around the same time President Trump was sworn into office.
 
Last week, following the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss criminal charges against Flynn, Grassley renewed his call for transparency into the government’s actions surrounding the Flynn case. His request included the full declassification of the Rice email.
 
Johnson also sent a letter Monday calling for the declassification of the Rice email.
 
The Senate has maintained a copy of the fully-unredacted email but was unable to share it publicly until it underwent a declassification review, which was completed today.
 
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