Former CIA Analyst: Susan Rice's NSA demasking denials don't add up
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 1:00
President Trump hosted King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House, told the New York Times he thought former National Security Adviser Susan Rice had committed a crime and was scheduled to speak with the leaders of Germany and Japan. He told the Times he would say more "at the right time".
During the Times interview, Trump called out that newspaper and other media outlets for what he said was a failure to cover the Rice story this week.
"It's such an important story for our country and the world", Trump added. "It is one of the big stories of our time".
President Trump on Wednesday claimed that he believes Rice may have committed a crime by requesting the identities of Trump associates who were mentioned in USA surveillance, though he did not provide proof. What makes matters worse is that Rice is said to have disseminated or overseen the dissemination of the unmasked intelligence information throughout the government, which has reportedly been the source of leaks that have been created to undermine President Trump and his administration.
The context: Trump defended O'Reilly as advertisers are feeling his show, the result of a growing sexual misconduct scandal.
The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are now investigating allegations the Obama administration spied on Trump associates - and possibly Trump himself - for as long as the year preceding his inauguration.
National-security correspondent Jim Sciutto (who joined the network straight from the Obama administration) labeled it "a ginned-up scandal" and President Trump's "latest attempt" to "divert attention from his team's contacts with Russian Federation".
Nunes also said he confirmed that "additional names of Trump transition team members were unmasked".
Trump on Wednesday disagreed.
"I'm not going to dignify the President's ludicrous charge with a comment", Erin Pelton, a Rice spokeswoman, said Wednesday.
Top Republicans jumped on the information right away to give cover to Donald Trump's accusations of being wiretapped by former president Obama. Last month, he accused Obama of wiretapping his NY skyscraper and later said Obama had spied on his campaign. FBI Director James Comey and the director of the National Security Agency, Mike Rogers, have since said they have seen no evidence to back up Trump's allegations.
Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is under Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny for his ties to Russian Federation. Last week Trump said that Flynn, who resigned in February, should seek an immunity deal.
CBS This Morning report however, was the most straightforward of the three, offering commentary from both Republicans and Democrats. Nunes has since said he was unsure whether associates of Trump participated in the intercepted communications or whether those persons were simply mentioned or referred to by others. Rice confirmed that she requested the demasking of Americans while she was National Security Adviser. "That's absolutely false", Rice said on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports".
Improper... certainly. And possibly illegal, which is why King says Rice is likely to be asked to appear before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees where King says he would like to ask her who may have directed her actions.
The Trump White House has been particularly incensed that intercepted conversations between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russia's ambassador to the USA surfaced in news reports before the inauguration.
Trump says in the interview he thinks the Susan Rice allegations will be "one of the big stories of our time".