Trump Picks Strategy To Counter Russia Storyline: Blame Susan Rice

Next we hear allegations that former national security adviser Susan Rice sought to unmask the names of Americans affiliated with Trump's team who appeared in foreign surveillance intelligence reports.

"I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never will", Rice said during an interview she chose to give to the ideologically compatible MSNBC.

The National Security Council (NSC) has reportedly been tasked with looking into the matter.

How does incidental collection occur?

"Boy oh boy, there's a lot of smoke", he said. At this moment, the right wing media is going bonkers over reports that Susan Rice, who was national security adviser at the time, in 2016 requested the "unmasking" of certain US persons who had been picked up in surveillance of foreign intelligence targets.

Yet in that process, someone revealed the name of an American whose communications had been examined - known as unmasking.

"It's such an important story for our country and the world", Trump claimed. Over at foxnews.com I count 11 separate articles about Rice on the home page. Ultimately, she said no evidence of collusion between Russian officials and Trump associates was found, and that finding was shared by the intelligence community in a report at the end of Obama's term.

Nevertheless, Rice, who has a history of being a controversial figure within the Obama administration, was involved in examining intelligence related to individuals affiliated with Trump's campaign and transition team, and her actions are being heavily scrutinized.

Trump's allegations were initially dismissed as a diversionary tactic to get the attention of the media and the interest of the public off allegations made against the Trump campaign that it conspired with agents of Russian intelligence to facilitate Russian interference with the presidential election. But he is beginning to connect the dots on how it all played out.

"I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled", Trump told the Times in an Oval Office interview.

If the information involving Americans has no intelligence value, it is supposed to be destroyed. Jones said. "Now, finding out for yourself the names of sketchy people, doing possibly sketchy things is called unmasking, OK?"

Separately, disclosing classified information to news organizations could be criminal. "There was lots of leaking".

At the same time, he also praised Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, whose show The O'Reilly Factor has been shedding advertisers this week after a Times report revealed he or the company had made payments to five women who had accused him of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior. The two stories aren't evidence of anything, even if the president's critics would like for you to think otherwise. "If what they were trying to do was create a situation where there would be a lot of leaking of classified information, there's been a lot of success over the last five months".

"This is information about their everyday lives", he said. Will you advocate for war without constitutional or congressional authority?' And she said no. The answers to those questions will be informative for determining whether there's cause for concern here.

I agree with Rand Paul who said, "We need to protect American privacy. I'm anxious that this scandal puts the government in such disrepute, once we get to the bottom of it, that the public will not trust the government to use these powers responsibly".

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  • Salvatore Jensen