Rice Getting Nice And Crispy
Susan Rice, the former national security adviser, who apparently used the CIA to spy on the Trump campaign, is starting to feel the heat, with growing demands that she be subpoenaed and investigated.
Just so everyone understands this tricky business, the CIA, in order to protect Americans, routinely conducts wide-ranging surveillance of foreigners. Any US citizens caught in their surveillance dragnet have their privacy protected by having their identities "masked" in intelligence reports.
In exceptional cases and if there is a clear threat to America, the national security adviser has the right to ask for the identities of Americans to be "unmasked," but has a strong legal obligation to use the privilege sparingly and to maintain the privacy of any US citizen.
It is clear from what we've already learned that Rice was abusing this privilege to maintain extensive surveillance of the entire Trump campaign to help Hillary.
Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova revealed the extent of Rice's illicit surveillance activities of Trump and his aides when he was running for president:
"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,” diGenova told The Daily Caller on Monday (3rd of April).
Because of such revelations and the obvious fact that details from the calls of those unmasked were promptly leaked to the press, there is a growing chorus of demands to place Rice under official investigation.
In his "Talking Points Memo" on Tuesday (4th April), Fox News's Bill O'Reilly said Rice should be "immediately" subpoenaed to tell Congress exactly what she knows about the unmasking of Trump associates in routine surveillance.
Also on Tuesday on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," Senator Rand Paul called for Rice to be brought before Congress under subpoena and quizzed about the allegations against her.
Even Cuckservative and "Never Trumper" Senator Lindsey Graham said that Congress should look into Rice's conduct.
"I think every American should know whether or not the national security adviser to President Obama was involved in unmasking Trump transition figures for political purposes," Graham told Fox News. "It should be easy to figure out, and we will."
Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the House Intelligence Committee has officially asked Susan Rice to testify under oath.
Yes, the heat is on and Rice is in the oven, getting nice and crispy. But she is only small fry. The big question is how far implicated in this example of "banana republic" politics are the Clintons and ex-President Obama?