Regan Pifer reports that about a month ago, President Trump tweeted his wires had been tapped by the Obama administration.
I know nothing about this, said Susan Rice.
But slowly, as news unfolds, President Trump’s tweet may not be as far off as people once thought.
Susan Rice, former National-Security Adviser is now in the hot seat and needs to answer a few questions concerning the unmasking of certain members of Trump’s transition team.
According to the National Review, there are quite a few pertinent issues that Rice needs to address. Among them are:
Rice felt the need to seek out a friendly face in NBC’s Andrea Mitchell — although there were plenty to choose from — to tell us that she never improperly unmasked any Trump transition officials whose conversations were caught on surveillance.
…there are a number of worthy follow-ups that Mitchell forgot to ask. But since Rice says nothing unethical transpired, there should be no problem in her answering those queries under oath. For instance: Why did you lie to PBS about having no knowledge of the unmasking of Trump officials or family?
On the heels of the allegations made by Representative Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), Rice was asked whether the Obama administration had unmasked Trump transition members swept up in surveillance of other individuals. “I know nothing about this,” she claimed at the time. “I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.” She didn’t say “so much of this is routine, I’m unsure,” or “it would be completely inappropriate for me to talk about intelligence reports.” She said, “I know nothing” and “I was surprised.”
That isn’t the only question. More loom, and we need to know answers:
So, Ambassador Rice, did you request that the identities of Trump campaign officials, transition-team members, or family members be unmasked?
Is it normal for high-level officials to request for names of political players to be unmasked in raw intelligence?…
…Which individual in government initially provided you with the raw intelligence reports containing the masked Trump-team identities?
Which Trump-team members did you specifically ask to be unmasked? And why did you ask for their identities to be unmasked?
In what way did unmasking these people have foreign-intelligence value?
In what way was this done to protect the American people?…
…Ambassador Rice, do you swear under oath that you have never leaked any classified information to anyone in the media ever?
Did you share the information you garnered about the Trump transition team with anybody, whether inside or outside the federal government?
Did anybody ask you to collect the unmasked information or to disseminate it?
Then again, I’m not sure it is even worthwhile to question this woman. If you want the truth, that is.
Remember, she’s the same one who lied about Benghazi in September 2012. What makes you think she’s going to tell the truth now?