In an interview with the New York Times, and another with Fox News, President Trump suggested that former national security advisor Susan Rice may have committed a crime in unmasking U.S. citizens who had been “wiretapped.”
“I think the Susan Rice thing is a massive story. I think its a massive, massive story. All over the world,” Trump said. “Its a bigger story than you know… in terms of what other people have done also.”
More details have been release about Obama’s administration collecting intelligence on the Trump team during the presidential election.
Fox News reported that Susan Rice, the former national security adviser under Obama, requested names connected to Trump’s transition team from raw intelligences reports.
“While Ms. Rice’s actions and alleged interest in the Trump campaign appear to have been within her legal authority as national security adviser, the potentially explosive revelation has touched a nerve in Washington and stirred speculation that she could be called to testify on Capitol Hill about Russian election meddling,” writes The Washington Times.
“Smoking gun found! Obama pal and noted dissembler Susan Rice said to have been spying on Trump campaign,” tweeted Sen. Rand Paul Monday night following the report.
“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,” said former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova to The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group Monday. “In short, the only apparent illegal activity was the unmasking of the people in the calls”
When asked if Trump officials were victims of incidental surveillance last month on the PBS “NewsHour,” said Rice “I know nothing about this.”
As we know, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes dropped a bomb a few weeks ago when it said it was true that the former intelligence community did “wiretap” Trump and his team unknowingly.
But the recent reports from Fox News, Bloomberg and others prove Rice knew firsthand about the surveillance on the Trump team and went to tremendous lengths to collect this information.
“As Fox News reported Monday, the names were part of incidental electronic surveillance of candidate and President-elect Trump and people close to him, including family members, for up to a year before he took office. These were not targets in the eavesdropping,” writes Fox News.
“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,” said retired Col. James Waurishuk to The Daily Caller. “This is really, really serious stuff.”
Not to mention, Rice has been caught in controversy in the past.
“Rice is no stranger to controversy,” said Fox News. “As the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, she appeared on several Sunday news shows to defend the administration’s later debunked claim that the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on a U.S. consulate in Libya was triggered by an Internet video.”
Given the Obama’s administration and the DNC’s track record and Rice’s past, this isn’t a surprise to the Trump transition team.
“This is no surprise,” said Sam Nunberg, attorney and a former Trump adviser. “I think that Susan Rice, I think that [former deputy national security adviser] Ben Rhodes, I think that most likely Barack Obama himself through his conduits were leaking about the names they got through intelligence.”
He also said that Democrats “want to use this issue to delegitimize President Trump, to delegitimize his agenda, and to keep filibustering people like [Supreme Court nominee] Neil Gorsuch.”
Ironically in an effort to constantly delegitimize Trump, the left and liberal media are making themselves look bad.
“I think we’ve seen that time and time again, and it’s like every single time Donald Trump makes an accusation, he’s attacked for his credibility, he’s attacked for everything, and then it turns out, he’s right. So, here we go again,” said Carl Higbie, former Navy SEAL.
Instead, liberal media has been too focused on Trump-Russia links.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer pointed this out Monday when he said he was “somewhat intrigued” at the media’s “lack of interest . . . in one set of developments versus another set of developments.”
“I don’t think we should discount how big a deal it was that Susan Rice was looking at these, and she needs to be asked: Did President Obama ask her to do this? Was this a directive from President Obama?” said Paul.
Author’s note: This was of course going to come out. Trump planted the seed and now the media and officials can’t ignore this. These recent reports show that the wiretap was not so “unintentional.”