Susan Rice Unmasking Trump’s Claims

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Susan Rice was the 24th United States National Security Advisor serving President Obama from 2013 to s.  Rice watched her former position come under scrutiny at the hands of Trump’s appointee, General Michael Flynn who served in the job for less than a month, resigned after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

H. R. McMaster, was brought in to replace Flynn, Susan Rice took to her Twitter account to congratulate him and said, “Hope you will be able to choose your team, have direct reporting and daily access to POTUS, and can eliminate Strategic Initiatives Group.”

The National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, was conducting the review, according to two U.S. officials who spoke with Bloomberg View on the condition of anonymity stated Rice’s multiple requests to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports that linked to Trump transition activities was exposed. He brought this to the attention of the White House General Counsel’s office, who reviewed more of Rice’s requests and instructed him to conclude his own research into the unmasking policy.

Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like “U.S. Person One. “The pattern of Rice’s request of “unmasking” the identities of individuals was well within her purview.

Rice’s requests to unmask the names of Trump transition officials do not vindicate Trump’s own tweets from March 4 in which he accused Obama of illegally tapping Trump Tower. There remains no evidence to support that claim.  Rice as a senior official and her unmasking requests were likely within the law.