Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice is back in the news, as she has agreed to testify before the House Intelligence Committee as part of the investigation being conducted into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.The testimony will be private, and is due to happen sometime before Congress goes on recess in August.
The Daily Caller is reporting, Rice is of interest to Republicans on the committee because of her alleged role in unmasking the identities of Trump transition officials picked up in surveillance conducted by U.S. intelligence agencies.
In April, Bloomberg’s Eli Lake reported that White House lawyers had discovered that Rice made dozens of requests for the names of Trump transition and campaign figures that were redacted in raw intelligence reports.
Rice’s alleged involvement in “unmasking” the names of Trump officials fueled theories that the Obama administration spied on the Republican.In raw intelligence reports, the names of U.S. citizens picked up during routine surveillance of foreign targets are redacted. But U.S. officials at the highest levels of the government have the authority to “unmask,” or reveal, the names of those U.S. citizens.
It is unclear whose names Rice may have unmasked, but she has denied any wrongdoing. The core issue, she has claimed, is whether the names were unmasked for political reasons and whether they were leaked to the press. She has denied doing either.
Several months back, Sen. Lindsey Graham invited Rice to give her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, but she declined.While it’s true that no foreign nation should be meddling in our elections, it’s even more disturbing that Democrats, specifically the Obama administration, could have used intelligence to further their own political agenda and help win an election for their party.
It’s one thing to have someone poke their nose in your business, but it’s a whole different ball game when someone in a position of leadership seeks to sway an election by taking sensitive information and use it to manipulate voters.[This article was written by Michael Cantrell]