Monday, April 3, 2017

Susan Rice Sought Names of Trump Associates in Intel

Via Twitter:  White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

The pattern of Rice's requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government's policy on "unmasking" the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like "U.S. Person One."

Rice herself has not spoken directly on the issue of unmasking. Last month when she was asked on the "PBS NewsHour" about reports that Trump transition officials, including Trump himself, were swept up in incidental intelligence collection, Rice said: "I know nothing about this," adding, "I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that account today."

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10 comments:

Amartel said...

Of course Obama spied on Trump and his team. Watergate on steroids. The only real issue has been: Can this be proven with both the deep state and the media protecting Team Obama? Trump threw down the gauntlet with that tweet a month or so ago which has kept the issue alive, mainly due to all the weeping and tearing of hair and gnashing of teeth about how awful he was to say that out loud, the bungling/evil cur! All those Bushies having the vapors are going to see the error of their ways when it finally does come out that, in fact, Obama spied on Trump. Don't get your hopes up that anyone will actually go to prison, though. This is still DC. Only Republicans do time for breaking the oath of office/laws of the land. That's the rule.

edutcher said...

She also told us the guys in Benghazi were murdered because of a video.

Now she's Feldwebel Schultz. Next she'll tell us she was in Switzerland the last 8 years.

PS Another Demo has defected and will vote for Gorsuch. That's 3.

Rats.

Ship.

Sink.

You know the drill.

Leland said...

We need an Independent Investigation into who violated the 4th Amendment Rights of American citizens by unmasking this information and leaking it to the Press.

Hopefully Rice will get the Scooter Libby treatment, not the Dick Armitage treatment.

Who am I kidding. I'd be happy if Spicer removed CNN from the White House Press Corps on the grounds that CNN assisted Hillary Clinton during the Primary and General Election by secretly providing her debate questions in advance, and then state that the matter has been referred to the Federal Election Commission for further sanctions of CNN. They shouldn't be allowed near a Presidential Debate for the next 2 cycles. And that's from the information we already know.

Then let's proceed with investigating Rice and seeing where that rabbit hole leads.

Trooper York said...

Rice will never be prosecuted. Nor will any of the deep state actors who spied on the Trump campaign.

I sincerely hope that true civil libertarians use this information to dismantle the NSA spy system and stop the recording of all of our communications.

Unfortunately I don't think that is going to happen.

Amartel said...

Dems will filibuster Gorsuch, the fools.
Harry Reid nuclear option time.
As for our own fools, if any one of them steps out of line or uses this as an opportunity for "horsetrading" "per statesmanlike tradition," then it's war.

AprilApple said...

Susan Rice is a liar.

She lies. She's a lying liar who lies.

edutcher said...

Trooper York said...

Rice will never be prosecuted. Nor will any of the deep state actors who spied on the Trump campaign.

I sincerely hope that true civil libertarians use this information to dismantle the NSA spy system and stop the recording of all of our communications.

Unfortunately I don't think that is going to happen.


Disagree.

It's stuff like this that makes reform possible. Yeah, the Lefties will scream, but it's the will of the Trump Administration that counts.

If he wants to drain the swamp, it's going to get done.

PS If you followed the story of PutterCare over the weekend, it may turn out Ryan outsmarted himself and Rand Paul will be the health maven, after all.

edutcher said...

Somewhere Smith, Stevens, Woods, and Doherty are smiling.

The noose tightens.

Now it's not just Susan Rice, but Clapper, Brennan, and her deputy, Rhodes.

I love the smell of schaudenfreude in the evening.

William said...

Rice escaped mostly intact from the Ben Ghazi screw up. There's no reason to believe that this will be more damaging. There will be no vitriolic SNL parodies or late night comedians poking fun at her inquisitive nature. The people who demand an accounting from her are more likely the ones to suffer lasting harm. Think Ken Starr. Or compare the IRS lady who took the fifth to Flynn when he asked for immunity.......This will only serve to publicize Rice's book about how black woman in public life are subject to unfair criticism. Her speaking fees for college appearances will also go up. She'll probably accept the honorary doctorate from Harvard gratis to show her respect for education. Viola Davis is probably talking to Hale Berry about making a movie of this brave woman's trials and triumphs.

AprilApple said...

OT:

While Susan Rice is given a pass by the hack press(D) - the media are once again narrative pimping a big nothing burger.