Beware of Obama’s Outrage Trap – Susan Rice’s “By The Book” Memo…

With the Mueller probe coming to a close, there is increased focus on congress (Lindsey Graham and/or Devin Nunes), along with President Trump, beginning a process toward accountability for those who constructed the Russia collusion/conspiracy hoax. However, amid the increased calls for sunlight and accountability, there are well-intended voices walking perilously close to an outrage trap.

The issue(s) surround President Obama and high-ranking Obama intelligence officials, notably: Comey, Clapper, Brennan and Yates, intentionally lying and/or misrepresenting issues to president-elect Donald Trump and the transition team in/around the transition period and shortly after the January 20, 2017, inauguration.

Some of the misinformation stems from intelligence officials telling direct lies (ex. telling President-elect, and President Trump he was not under investigation).  Other aspects were lies of omission surrounding the Steele Dossier during the January 6th, 2017, intelligence briefing session with the President-elect in Trump Tower.

In essence, there were many misleading and false statements, with varying scales of severity, during the period from November 9th, 2016, through mid-May 2017 when President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

The FBI, DOJ, ODNI, CIA and intelligence officials were intentionally not being direct and honest with President Trump and key members of his new administration.  Obviously their lack of honesty was a serious issue, and in some cases had serious ramifications.

The expressed finding by Robert Mueller’s two-year probe of ‘no Trump-Russia collusion, no Trump-Russia conspiracy, and no Trump-Russia obstruction’ has led to some hindsight reviews by media voices where anger surfaces about the now visible deception.

However, there is a trap laid here and Democrats are hoping outraged voices will walk straight into it.   Some are already getting very close.

At 12:15pm on January 20th, 2017, Obama’s outgoing National Security Advisor Susan Rice wrote a memo-to-self.  Many people have called this her “CYA” (cover your ass) memo, from the position that Susan Rice was protecting herself from consequences if the scheme against President Trump was discovered.  Here’s the email:

On January 5, following a briefing by IC leadership on Russian hacking during the 2016 Presidential election, President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation with FBI Director Jim Corney and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office. Vice President Biden and I were also present.

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.

From a national security perspective, however, President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.

[Redacted Classified Section of Unknown length]

The President asked Corney to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Corney said he would.

Susan Rice ~ (pdf link)

As stated, many have looked at this as a “CYA” memo, but that’s not what this is.

This is a justification memo, written by an outgoing National Security Advisor Susan Rice to document why there have been multiple false and misleading statements given to the incoming President Trump and all of his officials.

This is not a “CYA” memo, this is a justification memo for use AFTER the Trump-Russia collusion/conspiracy narrative collapsed; if the impeachment effort failed.

The “By The Book” aspect refers to President Obama and Susan Rice being told by CIA  Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, that President Trump was the subject of an active counterintelligence investigation to determine if he was under the influence of the Russian government.

Even the timing of the memo, written 15 minutes prior to the end of the Obama administration, is ex-post-facto useful as evidence of the author’s intent.

Put aside the nonsense aspect to the origination of the investigation for a moment; that part doesn’t apply here…. Accept their position ‘as if’ it is substantive.

We are talking about Brennan, Comey, Clapper and Yates telling President Obama and NSA Susan Rice that President-elect Trump is under a counterintelligence investigation where the suspicion is that Donald J Trump is an agent of a foreign power.

Under that auspices (fraudulent though it may be) the incoming President is a counterintelligence investigation target. A potentially compromised Russian asset. Under this auspices all of the officials would be permitted to lie and mislead their target, so long as they did so “By The Book.”

That’s their justification for a lengthy series of lies and false statements.

That’s why FBI Director James Comey can lie to the President and tell him he’s not the target of the ongoing Russia investigation.  That’s the justification for keeping the accusations inside the Steele Dossier (remember, the Dossier is evidence) from the President-elect.  That’s the justification for all of the officials to lie to President Trump, and even mislead the media if needed.

The Susan Rice email is one big Justification Letter; setting the stage for all of the participants to have a plausible reason for lies to anyone and everyone.

Call out John Brennan for telling Harry Reid about the Steele Dossier during his gang-of-eight briefing, but not telling Go8 member Devin Nunes about it.  Brennan escapes by saying Nunes was on the Trump transition team; and briefing a conflicted politician on the dossier would have compromised the FBI investigation.  See how that works?

Call out James Comey for lying to President-elect Trump during the January 6th Trump Tower meeting…. Comey escapes by saying Trump was a target of the FBI investigation for potential compromise as a Russian asset; informing the target of the evidence against him would have compromised the investigation. See how that works?

Every lie, every omission, every false and/or misleading statement, must first be filtered through the “By The Book” prism of Trump being considered a Russian asset.  This is the justification trap democrats are waiting to exploit for maximum damage and diminishment of counter attack.

The “By the Book” justification, where every action could have been taken because Trump might have been an actual Russian operative, is the weapon under the camouflage tarp as the radical left lures-in their political opposition.  They shrug their shoulders and say in condescending voice: ‘well, we didn’t know; we had to be prudent‘, etc.

Getting outraged about the Obama administration’s lies, misstatements and fabrications can backfire if you don’t first think about it from their constructed frame-of-reference.

The ‘By-the-Book’ framework is based on a false-premise; but the action, just about any action, taken to mislead (even undermine) the incoming administration is excusable under this carefully crafted justification memo.   That’s exactly why Susan Rice wrote it; and each of the participating members knows they can use it, when needed.

The way to get around the legal and political defense inside this justification memo is to ignore the activity of those protected by it and go directly to the origin of how they created that false premise in the first place:

♦ Prove the July 31st, 2016, Crossfire Hurricane operation originated from fraud by exposing the CIA operation that created the originating “Electronic Communication” memo.  Declassify that two-page “EC” document that Brennan gave to Comey.

♦ Reveal the November 2015 through April 2016 FISA-702 search query abuse by declassifying the April 2017 court opinion written by FISC Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer.  Show the FBI contractors behind the 85% fraudulent search queries. [Crowdstrike? Fusion-GPS? Nellie Ohr?]

♦ Subpoena former DOJ-NSD (National Security Division) head John Carlin, or haul him in front of a grand jury, and get his testimony about why he hid the abuse from the FISA court in October 2016; why the DOJ-NSD rushed the Carter Page application to beat NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers to the FISA court; and why Carlin quit immediately thereafter. Squeeze this bastard’s nuts in the proverbial legal vice.

♦ Prove the Carter Page FISA application (October 2016) was fraudulent and based on deceptions to the FISA Court.  Declassify the entire document, and release the transcripts of those who signed the application(s); and/or depose those who have not yet testified.

♦ Release all of the Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text messages without redactions.  Let sunlight pour in on the actual conversation(s) that were taking place when Crossfire Hurricane (July ’16) and the FISA Application (Oct ’16) were taking place.

♦ Release all of Bruce Ohr 302’s, FBI notes from interviews and debriefing sessions, and other relevant documents associated with the interviews of Bruce Ohr and his internal communications. Including exculpatory evidence that Bruce Ohr may have shared with FBI Agent Joseph Pientka.  [And get a deposition from this Pientka fella]

In short, avoid the “justification trap” by ignoring the downstream activity (stemming as a result of the fraudulent origin), and focus on revealing the origin of the fraud.

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522 Responses to Beware of Obama’s Outrage Trap – Susan Rice’s “By The Book” Memo…

  1. apfelcobbler says:

    Brilliant! Just brilliant!

    The goal is to shift blame from inner circle Obama to outer circle IC. Curious that Susan Rice writes this two weeks after said incident – isn’t that a little late for a Memo-to-File? Her use of the word “however” in the 4th paragraph is interesting.

    There are a couple of other events that need explanation too.

    Comey accepted Loretta Lynch dumping what should have been her duty on to him, after the tarmac caper. He accepted it, even though he is in no way authorized to make such a decision. Is his decision even valid under these circumstances?

    Also, regarding the FISA application – it sure is looking like Comey laid the sourcing of his faulty information at the doorstep of MI6 – precisely because they could never be subpoened.

    The Democrats are going to have to apply the same definition to their own actors as they wish to use for determining “Obstruction” in Trump’s actions. There’s no way around that. Trump’s making a comment or joke about the proceedings is in no way an interference to the inner workings of the legal/judicial machinery. However, feeding known falsehoods into the FISA court certainly is obstruction of the first order.

    We need to get this in front of as many eyeballs as possible.

    There was a typo introduced – somehow “Comey” became “Corney” in 3 places. (LOL Even though that shoe fits too – “Lordie!!” as Comey would say)

    Liked by 14 people

    • Richard Orberson says:

      No one is going to punish Comey, Clapper, Brennan and Yates! That is why Robert Mueller was appointed to cover up the evidence, he was not appointed to investigate president Trump!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Lil Miss Chief says:

    Well written article! There seems to be a loophole around this “ by the book” phrase.
    There is a difference between saying that it has to be “by the book” & actually being & doing
    “ by the book.
    The other thing is to question which “ book?”
    If it can be proven that theyre actions violated even the preceedures stated in said book you’ve got em.

    Liked by 7 people

  3. Zuker says:

    This part of Rice’s letter was interesting

    ‘’The President asked Corney to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Corney said he would.’’

    Within hours, 0bama would be the ex-President. What business does an ex-President have being involved in an FBI investigation of the incoming president? Did Comey ever call 0bama? Was 0bama still influencing the investigation after Trumps inauguration? That seems like it could be pretty significant if he was.

    Liked by 8 people

  4. AccountabilityPlease says:

    Release the Woods file and let the people see how the dossier was supposedly verified.

    Liked by 4 people

  5. 6x47 says:

    Here’s the thing: The duly elected President of the United States has EVERY RIGHT and is empowered under the Constitution to set the foreign policy of the United States. Period, full stop.

    So, if FDR decides to side with Britain against Germany and the Axis Powers, and make an alliance with Stalin’s Soviet Union, HE CAN.

    If Bill Clinton wants to help shepherd China into the WTO and push through granting it “Most Favored Nation” status, HE CAN.

    If Barack Obama decides to upend decades of American foreign policy in the Middle East and cozy up to Iran and against our traditional allies, HE CAN.

    And if Donald Trump wants to cozy up to Russia, HE CAN. And the outgoing President has NO SAY.

    Elections. Have. Consequences.

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  6. Republicanvet91 says:

    “The “By The Book” aspect refers to President Obama and Susan Rice being told by CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, that President Trump was the subject of an active counterintelligence investigation to determine if he was under the influence of the Russian government.”

    Not only a justification memo for not telling President Trump the facts, but a way of cutting off any liability for Duh Won!

    By the book says he did not order Brennan and Clapper to entrap Papadop, so he had no knowledge of their activities.
    By the book says he had no knowledge of any illegal use of security databases for political opposition research.
    By the book says he expected laws to be followed regarding obtaining any FISA warrant. Obama had no knowledge of anyone using false pretenses to get such a warrant.
    Comey said he had credible evidence supporting a counter intel op, and since Obama said everything was supposed to be by the book, and said some things might not be told to Trump, there should be no blowback on him.

    …but then Clapper has been saying everything was known and ordered by Obama…so…oops!

    Liked by 4 people

  7. TheTruthBurns says:

    You want Outrage? Suicide Brennan that’ll do it & then keep right on Suiciding them till someone talks or flips. The Price for Treason is DEATH!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jan PT says:

      You sound like a typical Democrat, Arkanciding all the way.
      If you stare too long into the abyss, you become the abyss…maybe you might like to take a deep breath, then stand down.


      • G Michael says:

        Such steady and morally high minded counsel.. Truth is, millions of people have just about hat it up to here. They started this corruption and many are going to be required to end it.

        You can VOTE your way into socialism, but you always end up having to SHOOT your way out of it.

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Liberty One says:

    Sounds like the “By the Book” is the one from Dante’s Inferno. Anyone with a brain can see WHY she wrote this memo 15 MINUTES BEFORE Obungo’s time was up. I agree it WAS a Justification Memo BUT at the same time, it was a CYA memo for ALL involved & also using plausible deniability and denying accountability and responsibility at the same time..


  9. cali says:

    @Sundance: Your analysis is spot on as they had two reasons in mind as they set this shindig up which were:

    a. the attempt to entrap the president and his incoming administration
    b. Hussein pardoned each one of these coup plotters in advance.

    Their actions remain to be called treason! No ways around it and no way which slice and dice this cover-your-ass-mode they found themselves. Adding into that mix the co-operation of the few republicans hours before the inauguration of the newly elected president what considered fool-proof.

    The reality was somewhat to opposite and future proves past as it always does when the attempt turns to a sloppy operation as it was crunch time.

    That brings me to the end product of Mueller’s report:

    President Trump entered his campaign fully informed about the treasonous activities of the Hussein/HTC gang et al. He already had full knowledge down to the smallest detail what the deep state had done. His campaign was nearly 20+ years in the making being fully informed about the treachery of DC. It was the Freedom Caucus – Jordan et al plus our military command who not only recruited president Trump but also planned together to ‘drain the swamp’. By time he came down the elevator he was fully filled into the plan to take them out and being aware of each and every player involved. He even went as far to claim to be a democrat with the intent of befriend the Clinton’s and their gang.
    In other words he played along with one condition he demanded and that was mostly directed to our military command: Keeping him alive or from being assassinated ala JFK. That was his only demand before he agreed to declare his campaign for the white house. He received that assurance ergo that is why he is protected solely by military generals.

    These coup plotters underestimated our stable genius. While he played along publicly as though not knowing about any of that treachery and goal to get Hillary elected behind the scene was a different story.
    Always remember that president Trump for nearly 20 years and as private citizens he worked with the FBI as informant to bring the mafia and other heavyweights like a number of Russians to justice who used extortion and other crimes especially in his casino affiliated businesses ergo being an omen that as president or candidate for the presidency would never include any collusion with anyone. President Trump was always a man clean of any collusion and/or corruption. It earned him a stellar character as an informant on numerous occasions.

    That brings us to Mueller and his final product: the extensive report.

    From the start our president had nothing to hide and never even thought about colluding with a foreign power to rig the election in his favor. there was no need to do so.

    The left demands the full report now to be presented not only to the democratic party and gang but also the American public. Barr will release it nlt mid April or sooner. Sure some redactions have to be made as active investigations and grand juries hear cases involving players mentioned and involved in these treasonous activities. Many names in that report will learn on the same day the report is published to be under criminal investigation and worse – charged with treason.

    The democrats upon learning the details contrary to what they sought to be the content may try to seal the report. They will be shocked simply because never in their wildest dream did they think to stand accused of treason, sedition and criminal conduct while leaders of their party will be exposed as domestic enemy or enemy combatants charged with being a threat to national security to this republic.

    Mark my words – democrats will rue the day and date when this Mueller report is published!

    In their arrogance and narcissism as a result of being spiritually dead people they never considered or comprehended this: “Be careful what you wish for”!

    President Trump has nothing to worry about ergo he is not using his authority in hiding or selectively release this report – no, he enables Barr to do what he deems to be the right thing!

    Followed by the FISA declassification – it will bring down the Hussein white house and the gang that assisted him!

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  10. 6x47 says:

    The premise of the investigation is flawed from the outset: The outgoing president has absolutely zero authority to open an investigation of the president elect over a policy difference. The very idea rips the fabric of our Constitution.

    IF the incoming President, for WHATEVER REASON, wants to take the country in another direction that’s HIS PEROGATIVE. So if he has friendly inclinations towards a foreign power the outgoing president despises, or wants to reverse his predecessor’s policies, for the lame duck administration to attempt to kneecap the incoming one is absolutely abuse of power and sedition.

    Barack Obama is without question the most destructive man to ever occupy the oval office.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Judith says:

      The Bushes and Clintons were his proud papas. Obama was *unleashed* on mankind like Frankenstein’s Monster. He was a creation of Deep State’s underground laboratory, on a mission to deliver a defeated United States to the New World Order.

      Liked by 4 people

    • SouthernTrumpette says:

      “Barack Obama is without question the most destructive man to ever occupy the oval office.”

      No doubt about it.
      I hope Nunes et al nail him.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. 6x47 says:

    BTW – thanks to Sundance for reminding us that one of Obama’s first acts was to hamstring the Office of the Inspector General to investigate his administration. And then, SHAZAM! Eight years of hair-raising scandals later not a single investigation or special counsel appointed and Obama leaves office crowing about his administration being scandal free.

    Oh – and on his way out the door, he reverses his policy so that his successor will experience the full weight of the IG. Funny how that worked out.

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  12. Padric says:

    From my reading of the memo, its actually BOTH a justification AND a CYA memo. The give away is right at the beginning of the memo: “follow on conversation”. So Obama gets an IC leadership briefing but only the FBI Director and AAG are asked to stick around for more talking.

    Notice who isn’t? Yep. Clapper and Brennan. So what Rice is doing with this is essentially saying “Hey, the Intelligence guys were the ones who gave us the info. We just acted accordingly, by the book.”

    The CYA part of it is NOT the “by the book” part. That’s the justification for why they did what they did. The CYA part is the fact that Brennan and Clapper were not part of that meeting. They intended all along to throw the two of them under the bus if things went south.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 6x47 says:

      Susan Rice’s CYA email to herself be like, “Officer, I came to a complete stop after I ran over that old lady.”


  13. I just want to see these traitors get what they deserve. It is job #1 for America imo.

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Papoose says:

    YES! Susan Rice. I would love to see her hearing under Oath one day. I’ll take the week off. Huma, too. yeah, I’d be calling out. Live Testimony.

    Great Post Upstairs! 4/4/19


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