- 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.
Conveniently, documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library and won’t be available to the public for the next five years.
Via Judicial Watch:
The NSC will not fulfill an April 4 Judicial Watch request for records regarding information relating to people “who were identified pursuant to intelligence collection activities.”
The agency also informed Judicial Watch that it would not turn over communications with any Intelligence Community member or agency concerning the alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election; the hacking of DNC computers; or the suspected communications between Russia and Trump campaign/transition officials. Specifically, the NSC told Judicial Watch:
Documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library. You may send your request to the Obama Library. However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, Presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.
President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton had this to say about the breaking news, “Prosecutors, Congress, and the public will want to know when the National Security Council shipped off the records about potential intelligence abuses by the Susan Rice and others in the Obama White House to the memory hole of the Obama Presidential Library. We are considering our legal options but we hope that the Special Counsel and Congress also consider their options and get these records.”
Read the full report by Judicial Watch here.
HOUSE ISSUES 7 SUBPOENAS TO OBAMA-ERA FBI,CIA & NSA RELATED TO UNMASKING BY SUSAN RICE, SUSAN POWER & JOHN BRENNAN
House Intelligence Committee issued seven subpoenas to National Security Agency, FBI and the CIA for information about the “unmasking” incidents requested by top Obama officials national security adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan and former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power.
The House Intelligence Committee issued seven subpoenas on Wednesday, in a sign that its investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election is ramping up in scope and intensity, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Republican-led committee issued four subpoenas related to the Russia investigation. Three subpoenas are related to questions about how and why the names of associates of President Donald Trump were unredacted and distributed within classified reports by Obama administration officials during the transition between administrations.
The committee has subpoenaed the National Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency for information about what is called “unmasking.” Republicans on the committee have been pushing for a thorough investigation of how the names of Trump campaign officials became exposed in classified intelligence reports based off intelligence community intercepts.
Those subpoenas seek information on requests made by former national security adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan and former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power for names to be unmasked in classified material. The three didn’t personally receive subpoenas, the people familiar with the matte said. Mr. Brennan, Ms. Rice and Ms. Power didn’t immediately
SUSAN RICE TRUMP RECORDS RESEMBLE A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR’S DETAILED FILE; INTEL AGENCIES NOT COOPERATING WITH RICE PROBE
- Susan Rice intel reports were detailed, and almost resembled a private investigator’s file
- The FBI and NSA are run by James Comey and Mike Rogers, respectively. Both are holdovers from the Obama administration.
( Fox News ) The intelligence reports at the center of the Susan Rice unmasking controversy were detailed, and almost resembled a private investigator’s file, according to a Republican congressman familiar with the documents.
“This is information about their everyday lives,” Rep. Peter King of New York, a member of the House Intelligence committee said. “Sort of like in a divorce case where lawyers are hired, investigators are hired just to find out what the other person is doing from morning until night and then you try to piece it together later on.”
Lawmakers say intel agencies stonewalling on surveillance probe
( Fox News ) Lawmakers probing the surveillance of key officials in the Trump campaign and administration say the intelligence agencies now nominally under the president’s control are stonewalling efforts to get to the bottom of who revealed names and leaked protected information to the press.
…“Our requests are simply not being answered,” said one House Intelligence committee source about the lack of responsiveness. “The agencies are not really helping at all and there is truly a massive web for us to try and wade through.”
…The CIA is now headed by former Rep. Mike Pompeo, who himself served on the House Intelligence Committee prior to his nomination. The FBI and NSA are run by James Comey and Mike Rogers, respectively. Both are holdovers from the Obama administration. Last month, both men declined to appear at a private closed door House Intelligence Committee briefing and have not met with the committee members since.
By S.A. Miller – The Washington Times – Wednesday, April 5, 2017
President Trump said Wednesday that Susan Rice, the former national security advisor to President Obama, may have committed a crime by allegedly using U.S. intelligence agencies to spy on Trump campaign officials during the election.
“I think it’s going to be the biggest story,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with the New York Times. “It’s such an important story for our country and the world. It is one of the big stories of our time.”
“Do I think? Yes, I think,” he responded.
Ms. Rice said Tuesday the notion she used her powers to unmask members of the Trump campaign or transition for political purposes was “absolutely false,” describing the activities as routine.
“Absolutely not for any political purposes — to spy, expose anyone. I leaked nothing to nobody,” she told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
Last night, fake news CNN finally decided to report on Susan Rice ‘unmasking’ scandal by calling it fake news and telling their viewers to ignore it. Networks like NBC, ABC and CBS remained ZERO coverage until today. Same with liberal Huffington Post. I bet they finally got their marching order last night to defend Susan Rice surveillance of Trump team as obviously ordered by her boss Barack Obama who is currently in some island in Tahiti frolicking with his boyfriends .
“So President Trump wants you to believe that he is the victim of a ‘crooked scheme.’ Those are his words. And here are our words: There is no evidence of any wrongdoing.
And, in fact, if anything the [national security adviser] asking for identities was a reflection of exactly how much traffic there was involving Trump people and foreign players. The White House blasting the press for not reporting on another fake scandal being peddled by right-wing media.”
CNN’s Don Lemon:
“So let us be very clear about this, there is no evidence whatsoever that the Trump team was surveilled or spied on illegally. There is no evidence that backs up the President’s original claim and on this program tonight we will not insult your intelligence by pretending otherwise, nor will we aid and abet the people trying to misinform you, the American people by creating a diversion. Not gonna do it.”
SUSAN RICE COULD FACE UP TO 10 YEARS IN JAIL: “leaking of signal intelligence” is a felony with sentence up to 10 years in jail
SUSAN RICE COULD BE CHARGED WITH FELONY AND FACE UP TO 10 YEARS IN JAIL! Susan Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce “detailed spreadsheets” of Donald Trump’s phone calls despite of no illegal activities detected.
Her crime? Michael Doran, former NSC senior director, told Daily Caller ‘a leaking of signal intelligence” was committed. “That’s a felony. And you can get 10 years for that.” Doran pointed out “a stream of information that was supposed to be hermetically sealed from politics and the Obama administration found a way to blow a hole in that wall.”
“What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals,” diGenova told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group Monday.
“The overheard conversations involved no illegal activity by anybody of the Trump associates, or anyone they were speaking with,” diGenova said. “In short, the only apparent illegal activity was the unmasking of the people in the calls.”
Col. (Ret.) James Waurishuk, an NSC veteran and former deputy director for intelligence at the U.S. Central Command, told TheDCNF that many hands had to be involved throughout the Obama administration to launch such a political spying program.
“The surveillance initially is the responsibility of the National Security Agency,” Waurishuk said. “They have to abide by this guidance when one of the other agencies says, ‘we’re looking at this particular person which we would like to unmask.’”
“The lawyers and counsel at the NSA surely would be talking to the lawyers and members of counsel at CIA, or at the National Security Council or at the Director of National Intelligence or at the FBI,” he said. “It’s unbelievable of the level and degree of the administration to look for information on Donald Trump and his associates, his campaign team and his transition team. This is really, really serious stuff.”
Michael Doran, former NSC senior director, told TheDCNF Monday that “somebody blew a hole in the wall between national security secrets and partisan politics.” This “was a stream of information that was supposed to be hermetically sealed from politics and the Obama administration found a way to blow a hole in that wall.”
Doran charged that potential serious crimes were undertaken because “this is a leaking of signal intelligence.”
“That’s a felony,” he told TheDCNF. “And you can get 10 years for that. It is a tremendous abuse of the system. We’re not supposed to be monitoring American citizens. Bigger than the crime, is the breach of public trust.”
Waurishuk said he was most dismayed that “this is now using national intelligence assets and capabilities to spy on the elected, yet-to-be-seated president.”
“We’re looking at a potential constitutional crisis from the standpoint that we used an extremely strong capability that’s supposed to be used to safeguard and protect the country,” he said. “And we used it for political purposes by a sitting President. That takes on a new precedent.”