Susan Rice May Be Guilty Of A Crime
- Author: Arturo Norris Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 8:32
The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, revealed last month that Trump and his campaign aides might have been swept up in US surveillance of foreign targets during the presidential election.
"I think it's going to be the biggest story", Trump said. Revealing the identities of Americans in this context is called "unmasking".
Haberman pointed out that the Times just ran two stories on the claim that Rice requested that the identities of Americans named in intelligence reports for political purposes. "That's what national security advisors are expected to do". The White House doesn't conduct criminal investigations.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer cast Rice's handling of intelligence in the waning days of Obama's term as suspicious, although he did not detail what he found to be inappropriate.
The reports were likely based on routine surveillance of foreign officials. The national-security adviser is not an investigator.
Rice said she did not leak any classified information.
Current and former intelligence officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations have said that nothing they have seen led them to believe that Rice's actions were unusual or unlawful.
On Thursday, Nunes announced he had been the subject of accusations to the House Ethics Committee related to the White House episode, ones he called baseless.
Rice became a favorite target of conservatives after the 2012 attacks on a USA diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, when she was sent out to do television interviews with talking points about the attacks that later proved to be incorrect.
The unmasked names, of people associated with Donald Trump, were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan - essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes. They would need to know the official's name in order to alert him or her in advance, or to get a full picture of the situation, Rovner said. I think the Susan Rice thing is a massive story.
Rice said through a spokeswoman that she would not dignify "the president's ludicrous charge with a comment". She would not say whether she saw intelligence related to Trump associates or whether she asked for their identities, though she did say that reports related to Russian Federation increased in the final months of the presidential election campaign. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Without knowing the precise nature of the intelligence documents, which neither the Trump administration nor any Republican legislators complicit with this charade claim to know, the assertion that Rice abused her role is completely unjustifiable.