Tables Turn Back on Obama Administration in the Trump-Russia Scandal: Susan Rice Accused of Political Spying
In light of recent accusations against the Trump administration for having close communications with Russian officials during his campaign, investigators are uncovering new information about the Obama administration’s possible violation of national security protections. As a result, Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice now faces charges of political spying.
Fox News reported on Monday that they received reports of Rice calling for an “unmasking” of the names of Trump’s advisors for political reasons. In a series of monitored phone calls and gathered information of communications during Trump’s transition, it is reported that Rice intentionally collected personal information that would have otherwise been reported anonymously.
Ezra Cohen-Watnick, senior director of intelligence for the National Security Council, came across these requests from Rice during a review and exposed them to the White House General Counsel’s office, according to a Monday article from Bloomberg:
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.’
In response, new reports have come out that Rice ordered the creation of detailed spreadsheets of Trump’s phone calls during his campaign. In an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group, retired Attorney Joseph diGenova brought light to the scandal:
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.
According to diGenova,
The overheard conversations involved no illegal activity by anybody of the Trump associates, or anyone they were speaking with. In short, the only apparent illegal activity was the unmasking of the people in the calls.
Information has flooded to places like the DCNF and Fox News from many different inside sources accusing Rice of the injustice, and things are looking worse and worse for her as time goes on. According to Fox, the names unmasked were shared with higher-ups in the National Security Council (NSC), the Department of Defense, President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and John Brennan, Obama’s CIA Director. Fox also reported that Rice’s deputy Ben Rhodes was in on the unmasking scheme.
Accusations are also being directed toward Evelyn Farkas. Conservatives are beginning to believe that she had knowledge of the unmasked information being funneled through the Obama administration. In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” over a month ago she remarked:
I was urging my former colleagues, and frankly speaking the people on the Hill, it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves the administration.
Farkas denied, however, knowing anything about the offense, standing on the fact that she was no longer involved in the government and was unable to access that type of information.
Former NSC official Col. James Waurishuk informed the DCNF on Monday about the complexity of such a scheme in the government. According to him:
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. 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.
It looks like the magnitude of what really went on is greater than anyone could have imagined. Waurishuk also expressed his disappointment at the “new precedent” the Obama administration has set. It sounds as if he believes politics has gone way too far, infecting a powerful tool that was originally intended for good:
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. And we used it for political purposes by a sitting president.
Another retired director at the NSC, Michael Doran, highlighted the criminal activity involved in an interview with the DCNF. He points out that the act of spying in such a way is a felony, and that the worst part of it all is the “breach in public trust.” He accused the Obama administration of blatant disregard for national policies in a unique metaphor:
[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.
It looks like the charges against Susan Rice go much deeper than just a mistaken collection of names. Reports indicate that this was a widespread scheme of the entire Obama administration. In spite of the many accusations Susan Rice is denied any intentions of spying, and claims that there definitely were no “spreadsheets” created in the unmasking of Trump’s aides.
One thing we know for sure is that Trump is convinced of the real story:
When will Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd and @NBCNews start talking about the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL and stop with the Fake Trump/Russia story?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2017
Credit: The Daily Caller