The Florida Republican's feedback come as a video has surfaced of the previous National Security Advisor beneath Barack Obama claiming in an interview with PBS that she "know (s) nothing" in regards to the unmasking of members of President Trump's 2016 transition group. Her attorneys have said the same thing.
"The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective", the email said.
The Washington Post reports that the former Trump administration official's name was never actually "masked" in the FBI's report on their conversation, but Flynn was still "unmasked" by Obama administration officials regardless.
In her email, Rice wrote that ex-FBI Director James Comey was anxious about sharing classified information with Trump's transition team because of Flynn's conversation with Russia Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. "It's written so if the contents of that meeting are ever exposed, that the history will be written in their narrative".
"That email screams out CYA", said a current Trump administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
"If I were writing myself an email where three times I had to say I did everything 'by the book, ' that is certainly more incriminating than it is exculpatory", a sarcastic Gaetz added. "You only write an email like that to yourself to protect yourself because you have concerns that perhaps there is a problem".
Details from the email about Obama's comments during that meeting had already been made public.
'The President asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. President Obama asked if Comey was saying that the [National Security Council] should not pass sensitive information related to Russian Federation to Flynn, ' she continued.
Comey's response was that was 'potentially the case.' According to Fox News, Comey continued that there weren't indications Flynn passed on classified information to the Russina ambassador, but noted 'the level of communication is unusual'.
Former DOJ officials, however, have described being alarmed by the transcript report, both because it contradicted to what Trump's top aides were telling the public about the conversation and because of the underlying substance of the communications.
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Unmasking is the process by which certain government officials can ask that the names of US persons - whose identities are often concealed in intelligence products - be revealed. "They pulled the pin on the grenade, threw it and this email is them hiding behind the sandbags".
Flynn's name was unmasked in other intelligence reports about other conversations he had with foreigners, but not the one about the December 29, 2016, phone call that got him in legal trouble, the sources said.
The last national security adviser of the Obama administration claimed that a newly declassified email showed no discussions of law enforcement matters took place.