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Obama worried about sharing Russia info with incoming Trump officials

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>Former President Barack Obama suggested in January 2017 that information related to a federal probe of Russian election interference might have to be withheld from aides to then-President-elect Donald Trump, according to an internal White House email released Monday by two senior GOP senators.

>The warning Obama delivered on Jan. 5, 2017, came during an Oval Office conversation shortly after senior intelligence officials briefed him on Russian cyber-meddling in the 2016 election. It was documented in an email then-national security adviser Susan Rice sent to herself on Jan. 20, the day of Trump's inauguration.

>Portions of the email were released Monday by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who called the missive "odd" and "unusual."

>Grassley and Graham seized on Rice's decision to email herself a summary of the Jan. 5 meeting at 12:15 p.m. on Inauguration Day, "presumably a very short time before you departed the White House for the last time." The move appears to have been intended to create a permanent official record of the conversation.

>Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Graham asked Rice a series of questions about the conversation, including what she might have known about a private intelligence dossier alleging Kremlin influence over Trump's campaign. The letter notes that multiple news reports have said Obama was briefed on the dossier — which includes unverified and salacious allegations about Trump — at the Jan. 5 meeting with intelligence officials.