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.
RAND PAUL: SUSAN RICE SHOULD TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS, UNDER OATH MUST ANSWER – ‘Did President Obama ask her to do this?
Rand Paul said Susan Rice needs to be asked: ‘Did President Obama ask her to do this? Was this a directive from President Obama? I think she should testify under oath on this.”
(DAILY CALLER) — GOP Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he believes former National Security Advisor Susan Rice should testify before Congress on her request to unmask the names of Trump transition officials collected during routine intelligence-gathering operations.
Paul argued the situation should not be downplayed, saying reforms need to be made to prevent individuals from being blackmailed on personal aspects of their lives through unmasking. He noted there was nothing stopping the former administration from looking through Trump officials and national security advisers’ conversations during the transition window.
“If it is allowed, we shouldn’t be allowing it, but I don’t think should just discount how big a deal it is that Susan Rice was looking at these,” he told reporters Monday. “And she needs to be asked, ‘Did President Obama ask her to do this? Was this a directive from President Obama? I think she should testify under oath on this.”
Paul said he has long thought there are too many people with the ability to unmask individuals.
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Susan Rice committed a fraud for using the intelligence gathering system for political misuse. It’s also federal felony to share publicly the names after unmasking. She better call Barack and tell him to leave his boyfriends in Tahiti and come back to D.C.
Former Ambassador John Bolton told Lou Dobbs that if Susan Rice is the “unmasker” she is in serious legal trouble.
Via Lou Dobbs:
Ambassador John Bolton: This is stunning news. And you can’t, even somebody as senior as the National Security Advisor, can’t just decide they’d like to unmask names to find out whose name is involved in a particular intercept… If she said that even somebody as senior as her but her real motivation was political she was committing a kind of fraud on the intelligence gathering system and if she participated in that kind of fraud to help the political misuse of that intelligence she’s got serious legal problems here.
Very convenient! Weeks before Obama left the White House, he put new rules that gave the NSA the ability to share information with 16 other intelligence agencies. And Obama don’t do things for no reason. Trump surveillance is the only reason behind his last minute decision. Btw, wonder if Obama is hiding in Tahiti because he’s scared of Trump after his Trump Tower wiretapping scandal.
After Mike Cernovich’s breaking story that it was Susan Rice, former Obama National Security Advisor, who unmasked Trump transition team during Trump Tower surveillance, Fox News is now reporting that the unmasked names of private citizens were spread to many different agencies and given to Dir. of National Intel James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan and Rice Deputy Ben Rhodes.
Fox News reports:
Multiple sources tell Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser 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.
March 22, just 12 days before Susan Rice was identified as the senior Obama Administration official who ordered unmasking of intercepts of Trump transition team, she told PBS “I know nothing” about such unmasking.
Here’s a transcript from her March 22nd interview:
WOODRUFF: We spoke earlier this evening with former Obama White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice, the author of that piece. It was her first interview since leaving the White House.
I began by asking about the allegations leveled today by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes that Trump transition officials, including the president, may have been swept up in surveillance of foreigners at the end of the Obama administration.
RICE: I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.
And let’s back up and recall where we have been. The president of the United States accused his predecessor, President Obama, of wiretapping Trump Tower during the campaign. Nothing of the sort occurred, and we have heard that confirmed by the director of the FBI, who also pointed out that no president, no White House can order the surveillance of another American citizen.
That can only come from the Justice Department, with the approval of a FISA court. So, today, I really don’t know to what Chairman Nunes was referring, but he said that whatever he was referring to was a legal, lawful surveillance, and that it was potentially incidental collection on American citizens.
RICE: And I think it’s important for people to understand what incidental means. That means that the target was either a foreign entity or somebody under criminal investigation, and that the Americans who were talking to those targets may have been picked up.
WOODRUFF: Well, I wanted to ask you about this, because, as you also know, in the last few weeks, The New York Times has reported that, in the final days of the Obama administration, individuals went out of their way to spread information throughout the government about what they knew about intelligence that the Russians had interfered in the election last year, and that there may have been a connection with Trump campaign officials.
So, that story has now been out there for several weeks. Could there be a connection here?
RICE: I’m not aware of any connection.
I read The New York Times story. I must say, Judy, as one of the most senior White House officials and the most senior responsible for national security, I found that report a bit perplexing. I wasn’t aware of any orders given to disseminate that kind of information.
RICE: So, I have no idea whether that was the case.
But the fact is that the president did request back in December that the intelligence community compile all of the information that it had on what had transpired during the campaign with respect to the Russians involving themselves in the presidential campaign.
And that report was provided to the American people in unclassified form and to Congress in classified form in early January.
WOODRUFF: And was there a concern, though, inside the Obama administration, inside the White House that the new Trump administration might not follow up on that intelligence that had been gathered?
RICE: I don’t think that was the concern, because, to the extent that there was any need to follow up, it wouldn’t be done necessarily by the White House, but by the intelligence community, and by the Justice Department, if appropriate.
I think our interest was, and the president’s direction was, let us make sure that we have compiled and put together in one place all the information that we have, so that it is there for the new administration, it’s there for the American people, and there for Congress to utilize as they see fit.
FELONY! OBAMA OFFICIAL SUSAN RICE ASKED FOR UNMASKING OF TRUMP TRANSITION TEAM DURING OBAMA TRUMP TOWER WIRETAPPING
Susan Rice, Obama’s national Security Adviser, asked for ‘unmasking’ of Donald Trump administration. Leaking it to the media is federal felony.
Rice request for unmasking of Trump transition team is part of Obama’s Trump Tower wiretapping story the liberal media ignore and call as nonsense. Unmasking is not a crime because unmasking names is normal process during intel gathering, but leaking it to the media and making it public – like what happened to General Mike Flynn- what makes it a crime. That is a federal felony.
NOTE: “Unmasking” is the process of identifying individuals whose communications were caught in the dragnet of intelligence gathering.
Mike Cernovich has more on the story at The 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.
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White House lawyers last month discovered that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
The pattern of Rice’s requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government’s policy on “unmasking” the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like “U.S. Person One.”
The National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, was conducting the review, according to two U.S. officials who spoke with Bloomberg View on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. In February Cohen-Watnick discovered Rice’s multiple requests to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports that related to Trump transition activities. He brought this t
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