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Sen. Chuck Grassley said former national security adviser Susan Rice must answer lawmakers' questions about why she sent an "unusual" email to herself in the last hours of the Obama administration. 

The email, which was sent on the day of President Trump's inauguration, was released Monday by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

Rice documented a Jan. 5 meeting between Obama, herself, then-Director James Comey, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and then-Vice President Joe Biden concerning the investigation into Russian election interference.

In the email, Rice 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."

On Monday, Graham described the email as "odd and disturbing" and questioned why Rice felt the need to send it in the first place.

Grassley (R-Iowa) said he will wait to hear from Rice before deciding on whether she should be called before the committee. 

"We have not had a response and I would expect one very shortly," he said on "The Daily Briefing."

Grassley said he wants to know why Rice waited two weeks to send the email and what the note specifically refers to. 

"We didn't really go after this email. It kind of showed up as a result of some information we got from the federal archives in regard to the Trump-Russia investigation. So this sticks out as something we legitimately need answers to."

Watch the interview above, including Grassley's thoughts on an immigration compromise.


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