- Gregg Jarrett: This tells me that lawyers have gotten involved. Lawyers probably told her to clam up… Because she’s in legal jeopardy
- Susan Rice is no longer expected to visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday
Susan Rice, who served as President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, will not be testifying about whether she “unmasked” members of then-candidate Donald Trump’s team’s associations with Russians, Fox News reported.
Fox News reports:
Susan Rice is no longer expected to visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a meeting with the House committee probing allegations she “unmasked” President Trump associates in Russian meddling probes.
Rice had been expected to face tough questions on her role in the matter while serving as then-President Barack Obama’s national security adviser. Trump alleges Rice may have committed a crime by asking government analysts to disclose the names of his associates documented in intelligence reports.
Fox News was initially told Rice would be giving closed-door testimony Tuesday before the Republican-led House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
But that session has apparently been postponed.
FOX News contributor and attorney Gregg Jarrett on Lou Dobbs:
Gregg Jarrett: This tells me that lawyers have gotten involved. Lawyers probably told her to clam up… Because she’s in legal jeopardy… At least one crime was committed here and likely many more.… I would imagine that once they determine who did it (unmasked) here they’re going to be indicted. Now is it going to be a member of the administration, it would have to be because they’re the only ones who had access, top administration officials, to the intelligence that actually does the collection.
Mike Cernovich reported the unmasking via Medium:
The White House Counsel’s office identified Rice as the person responsible for the unmasking after examining Rice’s document log requests. The reports Rice requested to see are kept under tightly-controlled conditions. Each person must log her name before being granted access to them.
Upon learning of Rice’s actions, H. R. McMaster dispatched his close aide Derek Harvey to Capitol Hill to brief Chairman Nunes.
“Unmasking” is the process of identifying individuals whose communications were caught in the dragnet of intelligence gathering. While conducting investigations into terrorism and other related crimes, intelligence analysts incidentally capture conversations about parties not subject to the search warrant. The identities of individuals who are not under investigation are kept confidential, for legal and moral reasons.