According to Fox News, the January 5 meeting referenced by Rice in her email was attended by included Obama, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, then-Vice President Joe Biden and Rice.
The two senators also note that while Rice said that Obama instructed Comey to proceed 'by the book, ' the Republicans claim that 'substantial questions have arisen about whether officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the Justice Department and the State Department, actually did proceed "by the book"'.
"And I will be very interested", he says, "to see whether Miss Rice responds to the questions posed to her by Sen".
An oddly-phrased email written by former Obama aide Susan Rice is raising eyebrows, and generating questions, over the Department of Justice investigating claims of Russian collusion.
Sens. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Lindsey Graham, who chairs a Judiciary subcommittee, penned a letter to Rice and, asking her to answer questions about the note, dated January 20, 2017.
Parts of Rice's emails were released as part of a probe by the Senate Judiciary Committee into the FBI's investigation into Trump.
Rice, herself, as well as then-Vice President Joe Biden, were also present for the meeting.
Perhaps Rice simply left the meeting with Obama and Comey aglow with pride over her colleagues' strong conviction that, no matter how they felt personally about the election of Donald Trump, they would never allow their personal feelings to overrule their duty to wield their power responsibly, following all appropriate investigative procedures.
"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".
One of the text messages, obtained by Congress, reveals a conversation between Strzok and Page discussing a meeting they had in the office of then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe discussing an "insurance policy" against Trump in the event he was elected. The meeting also reportedly centered on the Steele dossier, which has been exposed as an extensive opposition research project subsidized by the Democrats and the Hillary Clinton campaign and executed by a research firm-Fusion GPS-who hired a former British spy to get dirt on Trump. Lindsey Graham of SC said they discovered the "unusual email" Rice sent to herself on January 20, 2017. A House Intelligence Committee memo released on February 2 shows that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ hid the source and financiers of the allegations contained in the dossier from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court-a criminal offense. So in an effort to reconstruct history, she writes herself a memo: 'By the way, dear Susan Rice, don't forget that Barack Obama said "I want this done by the book".
But Rice, after a section that remains classified, indicated Obama discussed sharing the information with the incoming Trump administration.
In that email, she displayed a hesitance to share information on Russian Federation with the incoming Trump team, and insisted that every aspect of the Russian Federation issue would be carried out "by the book".
It could also point to the fact that the Obama team was preventing the Trump team from obtaining certain information related to Russian Federation.