Well, well, well. Of course we’re shocked–SHOCKED–to learn that Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice lied on national television.
Because, of course, she’s never done that before or anything.
So, now that she’s been outed as the senior Obama official who specifically requested the unmasking of Trump campaign officials under surveillance, it turns out she also specifically denied doing that very thing just two weeks ago.
Susan’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.
Get your popcorn ready, folks.
Here’s more from Redstate…
On Monday, a bombshell report revealed that White House lawyers became aware last month that Susan Rice, the former national security adviser to Obama, was the individual responsible for “unmasking” Trump campaign and transition associates.
As reported by 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.’
Bloomberg reports that two U.S. officials spoke to them on the condition on anonymity, where they admitted that the National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, oversaw the review of Trump associates involved with the Trump campaign and transition.
In February, Cohen-Watnick first became aware that Rice attempted to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports on multiple occasions that related to Trump’s team.
After he became aware of what was going on, Cohen-Watnick then spoke with the White House General Counsel’s office on what was happening. Bloomberg reports that the General Counsel’s Office told him to “end his own research into the unmasking policy.”
The situation takes a major turn when we flashback one month to an interview Susan Rice gave to PBS.
When Judy Woodruff asked Rice on “PBS NewsHour” on March 22 about Rep. Nunes’ claims, Rice denied having any knowledge of the intelligence community “unmasking” anyone associated with the Trump campaign and transition.
“I know nothing about this,” Rice responded at the time. “I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.”
“So, today, I really don’t know to what Chairman Nunes was referring, but he said that whatever he was referring to was a legal, lawful surveillance, and that it was potentially incidental collection on American citizens,” added Rice.
Here is the video of Rice denying that she had any knowledge or involvement: