The Usual Suspect(s)
Update: I felt that I should post Liz Wheeler’s video from last night, where Liz gives her take on Susan Rice. As usual, Miss Wheeler is right on point.
It turns out that Susan Rice, National Security Adviser to Barack Obama, is probably the one in the White House who asked for surveillance information that unmasked Trump campaign people with connections to Russians. From 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.”
Rice ain’t coming clean about the situation, either. Also from the same Bloomberg post:
Rice herself has not spoken directly on the issue of unmasking. Last month when she 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.”
I know, I know. Y’all are shocked that Susan Rice, of all people, could obfuscate in a situation like this. Maybe this is a good time to review the Rice record…like, for instance, this little gem about the attacks on the US Consulate in Benghazi in September of 2012. Write this stuff down on your hand, y’all…