Well well well….I guess she didn’t think her story through well enough, or maybe she didn’t go over it enough with her other Democratic friends to make sure they all get the story right if questioned?
Who knows, either way though…what she just did, made her situation WORSE!
Obama’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, who initially denounced the “false statements” that were issued by President Donald Trump when he told Americans that former President Obama ‘wiretapped’ him last year, is not offering a DIFFERENT version of the story.
She is now telling us what she knew about surveillance activities in which the identities of Trump associates were in fact unmasked!
Susan Rice has been the butt of jokes she has brought on herself for a long time now, however, she is now the very center of controversy this week after there were multiple media sources reporting that she was coordinating surveillance activities of Trump’s associates and requested the identities of his associates time and time again to be unmasked.
Of course we know that generally the identities of Americans who are caught up in surveillance of foreign officials are NOT revealed unless there is a reason to do so….so, that just makes things worse for her. What was her reason?
The reason why this is a big deal can be summed up into one name…. Mike Flynn.
Rice was interviewed by PBS on March 22, shortly after House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Trump and his associates may have been caught up in surveillance of foreign targets.
“I know nothing about this,” Rice told PBS.
“Let’s back up and recall where we had been: The president of the United States accused his predecessor, President Obama, of wiretapping Trump Tower during the campaign. Nothing of the sort occurred. 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,” she said at the time.
“So today, I really don’t know to what Chairman Nunes was referring. He said whatever he was referring to was a legal, lawful surveillance and that it was potentially incidental collection on American citizens. I think it’s important for people to understand what incidental means. That means the target was either a foreign entity or someone under criminal investigation, and the Americans who were talking to those targets may have been picked up,” she added.
However, this past week, when Rice was interviewed by MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, things were different.
“There were occasions when I would receive a report in which a U.S. person was referred to, name not provided, just a U.S. person, and sometimes in that context in order to understand the importance of that report, and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out or request the information as to who that U.S. official was,” Rice said, without referring to any specific incident.
“It was not uncommon, it was necessary at times to make those requests. I don’t have a particular recollection of doing that more frequently after the election,” she said.
Rice, however, stood by her contention that politics never played a role in surveillance.
“The allegation is that somehow the Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes, ” Rice said. “That’s absolutely false.”
The impact of Rice’s changing tune was noted by Howard Kurtz of Fox News.
“The Susan Rice situation is murky, but one thing that’s crystal clear is that she’s changing her story,” he wrote Wednesday. “So she’s now gone from professed ignorance to nothing improper. In fairness to Rice, it may turn out that what she did was perfectly legal. But there are now a whole host of troubling questions.”
So what is your take on all this…
I bet that also can be summed up in one word… PRISON.
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