The big story on the rightside of the blogosphere has been the Susan Rice revelations reported both at Fox:
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.
and at Bloomberg:
White House lawyers last month learned 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.”
Computer logs that former President Obama’s team left behind in the White House indicate his national security adviser Susan Rice accessed numerous intelligence reports during Obama’s last seven months in office that contained National Security Agency intercepts involving Donald Trump and his associates, Circa has learned.
Intelligence sources said the logs discovered by National Security Council staff suggested Rice’s interest in the NSA materials, some of which included unmasked Americans’ identities, appeared to begin last July around the time Trump secured the GOP nomination and accelerated after Trump’s election in November launched a transition that continued through January.
Powerline writes about it:
If true, this is a bombshell, if not exactly a surprise. We know from her tour of the Sunday morning talk shows to misrepresent Benghazi that Rice was a political hack, more than willing to do dirty work on behalf of President Obama. Her alleged role here would fit with that history.
There is no evidence of any wrongdoing by President Trump. But plenty of evidence points to Barack Obama’s abuse of power. Let us follow that trail.
It is a felony to conspire to “injure, threaten, or intimidate a person in any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the Unites States.”
So, let’s review:
- authorized under the Obama Administration √
- pretty high up √
- confidante of friends in high places √√√√
Susan Rice certainly seems to fit. Of course, the remaining question is who did the actual leaking.
And despite CNN and the left considering it a “distraction” and then claiming it is false, it is a significant development but the real sign that there is some there there comes not so much from these stories, but from this piece by Byron York:
So with Schiff’s visit to the White House, a chance for balance. But after viewing the documents, Schiff has gone nearly completely silent about what he saw. He has kept up his criticism of how Nunes came to view the material, but on what’s actually in the documents, Schiff has said virtually nothing.
That seems rather odd, for quite a while we couldn’t turn on cable news without seeing Congressman Schiff not only making claims about Donald Trump and Russia but hitting the chairman of his committee for talk, but now with Jake Tapper he suddenly came back with this:
Schiff made no public comments on Saturday, and then on Sunday morning appeared on CNN, where Jake Tapper asked Schiff if, having seen the documents, “can you understand why Chairman Nunes might have some issues with the surveillance that was going on?”
“I can’t go into the contents of the documents, Jake,” Schiff said, before a quick pivot to Nunes’ methods. “I can say I don’t agree with the chairman’s characterization, which is exactly why it’s so important you don’t share documents with just one person or even two people. They need to be shared with both full committees.”
Continuing, Schiff said “the most important thing” about the documents is not what is in them but how they were handled
The unwillingness of congressman Schiff to talk about what he saw speaks even louder than the rest of the headlines, it suggests that Kurt Schlichter prediction is coming true
This is all going to blow up in the Democrats’ faces, and when it does I’m going to laugh and raise my vodka glass in a joyous toast to their latest and greatest failure.
The question is this: When it happens will the media report it?
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