Susan Rice Denies Trump Surveillance
Susan Rice Denies
Donald Trump simply refuses to let go of the notion that former President Barack Obama “tapped my wires.” Now, he has implicated former National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
Susan Rice served as the US Ambassador to the UN, before being asked by President Obama to serve as his National Security Adviser. As is the job of the NSA, the agency was conducting their usual telephone monitoring of foreign adversaries, when, they encountered frequent conversations between the Russian government and several unnamed American citizens. In the course of her job responsibilities, Susan Rice petitioned to determine the identities of the Americans involved in the electronic surveillance of foreigners and discovered the Americans were affiliated with the Trump campaign.
Now, Susan Rice is being forced to defend her job actions as proper and necessary for her responsibilities and not part of some nefarious political espionage against “The Donald” and his campaign.
“The allegation is that somehow the Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes,” Ms. Rice told Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC. “That’s absolutely false.”
“There were occasions when I would receive a report in which a US person was referred to — name not provided, just a US person — and sometimes in that context, in order to understand the importance of the report and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out, or request the information as to who the US official was,” Rice said.
The purpose, she said, was “to do our jobs,” but “absolutely not for any political purpose, to spy, expose, anything.” She added that she had never made public the identities of any Trump associates mentioned in intelligence surveillance. “I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would.”
“The notion that some people are trying to suggest, is that by asking for the identity of a person is leaking it, is unequivocally false,” Rice said. “There is no connection between unmasking and leaking.”
In his self-imposed belief that the words of Susan Rice on MSNBC somehow justify him being right all along, Donald Trump is now arguing that “the real story” should no longer be the FBI investigation into contacts between Trump associates and Russia, but the “crooked scheme” by Barack Obama to spy on him. He even tweeted on Tuesday: “”There was electronic surveillance of Trump, and people close to Trump. This is unprecedented.”
Does it appear that Susan Rice purposely and specifically spied on Donald Trump and his associates for political gain? Or did she simply do her job by tracing the identities of the unnamed American citizens who were having regular discussions with the Russian government, only to later discover they were Trump’s people… BEFORE the election??
Sorry, Donald, but the answer is crystal clear. Susan Rice just isn’t the smoking gun you’ve been looking for to justify your outlandish spy claims!