It matters – eavesdropping on conversations for political reasons.
Unmasking and asking for spread sheets.
As fingers point to President Obama‘s national security adviser Susan Rice as the individual who requested the ‘unmasking’ of Trumpworld names on raw intelligence reports, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., today demanded that she testify before Congress.
‘I believe Susan Rice abused this system and she did it for political purposes,’ Paul said today on Morning Joe. ‘She needs to be brought in and questioned under oath.’
Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake wrote that from her position as chief of the National Security Council, Rice asked government agencies to identify names that had been withheld from raw intelligence reports linked with Trump campaign and transition figures.
Monday evening, the Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group piggybacked on this reporting, writing that Rice had asked U.S. spy agencies for ‘detailed spreadsheets,’ of legal phone calls involving Trump and his aides during the presidential campaign, U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova told the news site. DailyMail
Susan Rice’s defense does not wash.
The thing to bear in mind is that the White House does not do investigations. Not criminal investigations, not intelligence investigations.
Why is that so important in the context of explosive revelations that Susan Rice, President Obama’s national-security adviser, confidant, and chief dissembler, called for the “unmasking” of Trump campaign and transition officials whose identities and communications were captured in the collection of U.S. intelligence on foreign targets?
Because we’ve been told for weeks that any unmasking of people in Trump’s circle that may have occurred had two innocent explanations: (1) the FBI’s investigation of Russian meddling in the election and (2) the need to know, for purposes of understanding the communications of foreign intelligence targets, the identities of Americans incidentally intercepted or mentioned. The unmasking, Obama apologists insist, had nothing to do with targeting Trump or his people.
That won’t wash.
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3 major reasons the story matters
Despite bombshell reports yesterday claiming that Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice “unmasked” members of the Trump campaign and Trump transition team while reviewing raw intelligence, that such unmasked information was widely distributed among top members of the Obama administration, and that Rice asked for continuous updates on communications between foreign targets and the Trump team after Trump won the Republican nomination, the media have decided that the story simply isn’t worth covering.
CNN’s Don Lemon stated that the media should not “aid and abet the people” creating a “diversion” over Susan Rice. As Newsbusters reports, CBS’ Margaret Brennan cited sources stating that Rice’s activity was perfectly normal and not improper. The New York Times echoed that claim. ABC News and NBC News didn’t cover the story at all.
But the story is huge.
Here are three reasons why.
1. The Obama Administration Targeted The Trump Team.
Video: Body Language: Susan Rice
Watch the blinking.