Former Obama Administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice Declines to Testify Before Senate Subcommittee
OF COURSE SUSAN RICE HAD NO PROBLEM GOING ON CNN AND DISCUSSING THE ISSUES …
As reported at Politico, Former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday declined a request to testify next week before a Senate subcommittee, citing separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches and the fact that the invitation was not bipartisan. SERIOUSLY? If the allegation is that somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes is absolutely false, then why is former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice ducking the U.S. Senate subcommittee? Me thinks you have much to hide. Honestly, how does Susan Rice think that declining the request to testify on Russian hacking not make her look guilty as sin? So much for the most transparent administration ever.
Former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday declined a request to testify next week before a Senate subcommittee, citing separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches and the fact that the invitation was not bipartisan.
Rice’s decision to decline the invitation to testify on Russia’s election meddling came in a letter from her lawyer, Kathryn Ruemmler, to the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).
The letter, first reported by CNN, notes that the invitation to testify came only from Graham and that Whitehouse “has informed us by letter that he did not agree to” the request, which Ruemmler calls “a significant departure from the bipartisan invitations extended to other witnesses.”
“Moreover,” Ruemmler writes, “Chairman Graham’s invitation was extended only after the hearing was noticed, less than two weeks before the hearing was scheduled to occur, and without consultation with Ambassador Rice, a professional courtesy that would customarily be extended to any witness.”
The Judiciary subcommittee is holding a hearing next Monday that will feature testimony from former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Former Obama Administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice had no prob;em going on the lap dog media to discuss the issues but then declines to testify for a Senate subcommittee on Russian hacking. Watch the video below of the liberal MSM trying to defend the unmasking of names. So it is ok to go on the friendly bias MSM, but hell no to Senate where she would be sworn in.
WHAT A JOKE … MSNBC WOULD NOT EVEN COVER THIS STORY UNTIL SUSAN RICE RAN TO THE LIBERAL NETWORK FOR COVER …
Who honestly believes that there was nothing political about what former Obama National Security adviser did with regards to the unmasking of Donald Trump team members? Please, don’t insult our intelligence, But of course the uber-lib network MSNBC was all too quick to run cover for the Obama administration.
Hmm, she had no problem acting in a political manner when it came to Benghazi. There was nothing truthful about what Rice did then and you can make the same statement as to her actions today. She has been proved to be a political hack … leopards don’t change their spots.
Former Obama Official Susan Rice Now Denies Obama Administration Inappropriately Unmasked Trump team
HMM, WASN’T IT JUST A WEEK AGO OR SO THAT RICE SAID SHE KNEW NOTHING OF THIS UNMASKING …
My what a difference a week, s lot of hot water and even more explaining does when it comes to getting caught in a lie. Former national security adviser Susan Rice is now in full CYA mode as she went on a liberal friendly network categorically denied that the Obama administration inappropriately spied on President Trump or members of his transition team. Really Ms. Rice, now its a denial. Wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago you knew nothing? So why did you unmask the names again? The unmasking that you claimed to know nothing about, now it appears you ordered it done. She claims the allegations are false. Hmm, just like the Benghazi attack was the result of a video tape, right? YOU HAVE ZERO CREDIBILITY!!! Now Rice claims she leaked nothing. Really, like she would admit to a crime.
Just how did Susan Rice’s story change from her best imitation of Sgt. Schultz of “I know Nothing,” to the Obama administration did nothing wrong? What is shameful is a liberal MSM that is now defending her actions. Imagine, just imagine if it were w GWB White House that did this to Barack Obama?
Former national security adviser Susan Rice on Tuesday categorically denied that the Obama administration inappropriately spied on President Trump or members of his transition team.
“The allegation is that somehow, Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes,” Rice told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “That’s absolutely false.”
Rice had requested that at least one Trump transition team member be “unmasked,” Bloomberg View reported Monday, leading to claims that the Obama White House had intended to use that intelligence to damage Trump’s transition.
While Rice did not deny making any such requests — declining to comment on specific reports — she denied that her actions went outside the scope of her job.
“It was not uncommon, it was necessary at times to make those requests,” she said. “I don’t have a particular recollection of doing that more frequently after the election.”
As Jonathan Turley reminds us … “I Know Nothing About This”: Rice Accused Of Ordering Unmasking Of Trump Aides and Then Lying About Her Knowledge [UPDATED]
The story emerging suggests the White House learned last month that Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports involving Trump staff inadvertently intercepted. There were reportedly dozens of such requests, suggesting a comprehensive and ongoing effort to unmask aides. That would constitute a serious privacy abuse and raise troubling questions about the use of intelligence operations for political purposes.
The National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, reportedly discovered Rice’s multiple requests to unmask U.S. persons and raised it with the White House.
U.S. Signals Intelligence Directive (Section 18) only allows unmasking of the identity of U.S persons when it is essential to national security. The question is why the identity of Trump aides satisfied this standard if there was no evidence (as has been reported) of collusion. Nevertheless, this intent standard is difficult to violate absent a confession or incriminating statement.
However, just last month, Rice 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.”
Susan Rice On Unmasking Of Trump Team, ‘I Know Nothing’
THE GREAT ONE MARK LEVIN DISCUSSES THE OBAMA SCANDAL OF UNMASKING TRUMP TRANSITION OFFICIALS …
During yesterday’s radio show, conservative talk show radio host Mark Levin discusses the breaking news that it is being reported that former Obama National Security advisor Susan Rice was the one who ordered the unmaking of Donald Trump transition officials. At 08:41 Mark Levin interviews Adam Housley of Fox News about the investigation into leaks coming from the Obama administration. At 34:20 Mark Levin interviews Eli Lake from Bloomberg News about what Devin Nunes is trying to get at.
All need to listen to this …
Susan Rice Unmasked … Former Obama National Security Advisor Requested to Unmask Names of Trump Transition Officials
OKAY MSM, YOU HAVE YOUR WATERGATE. NOW INVESTIGATE AND REPORT ON IT ….
FOX News is reporting that it was Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, who requested the unmasking of Trump official names from surveillance transcripts. We have been told that the surveillance had nothing to do with Russia. So why then would such a request be made to pierce the veil of privacy? As state by Rush Limbaugh, the Obama administration weaponized intelligence for use against Trump. This is what a police state looks like America. Yes, this is far worse than Watergate.
Multiple sources tell Fox News that Susan Rice, former national securityadviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance.
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.
The names were part of incidental electronic surveillance of candidate and President-elect Trump and people close to him, including family members, for up to a year before he took office.
It was not clear how Rice knew to ask for the names to be unmasked, but the question was being posed by the sources late Monday.
“What I know is this … If the intelligence community professionals decide that there’s some value, national security, foreign policy or otherwise in unmasking someone, they will grant those requests,” former Obama State Department spokeswoman and Fox News contributor Marie Harf told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on “The First 100 Days. “And we have seen no evidence … that there was partisan political notice behind this and we can’t say that unless there’s actual evidence to back that up.”