Susan Rice Ordered Spies to Produce Detailed Data on Donald Trump
Susan Rice has been dubbed the ‘Typhoid Mary of the Obama Administration’
Former US President Barack Hussein Obama’s NSA Susan Rice ordered US spy agencies to produce “detailed spreadsheets” involving Donald Trump and his aides during the Y 2016 Presidential race, former US Attorney Joseph diGenova said.
“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,” Attorney diGenova said in an interview Tuesday
He said the overheard conversations involved no illegal activity by any of The Trump Associates or anyone they were speaking with,
“In short, the only apparent illegal activity was the unmasking of the people in the calls,” Attorney deGenova said.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said that if former President Barack Obama ordered or knew about names of incoming President Donald Trump’s transition staff being unmasked after they were gathered during surveillance activities, hat is a “Big Deal.”
“If the outgoing administration was actually, literally sifting through things, and if part of the administration said [it was] going to scatter and get as much information, scatter it out there publicly to try to harm the Trump administration, this was a witch hunt that began with the Obama administration,” he said.
According to officials familiar with the situation and the issues, lawyers at the White House discovered in March that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice had asked for the names of people captured during surveillance in several incidents in connection with The Trump’s Transition and Campaign.
Senator Paul Tuesday described the use of intelligence apparatus to attack Trump as “sour grapes on the way out the door.”
The problem with “back door searches” has been going on for years, Senator Paul said.
“For years, both progressives and libertarians complained about the back door searches,” he said. “It’s not that we are searching maybe one foreign leader who they talked to, but we search everything in the whole world.”
For example, it was reported years ago that all of Italy’s phone calls were absorbed during a 1-month period of time, he said.
“We were getting [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel’s phone calls, everybody’s phone calls, and by rebound, we collect Americans’ phone calls,” said Senator Paul.
In an “old-fashioned way,” a warrant is needed to listen to what is gathered during such surveillance, but if a secret warrant is issued, that is different.
“A secret warrant by a secret court with a lower standard level because we’re afraid of terrorism is one thing for foreigners,” he said, noting that he has been warning for years that back-door searches could be politicized.
“Susan Rice should be under subpoena,” said Senator Paul. “Did President Obama know about this? This is similar for political reasons.”
“The objections that civil libertarians had to the program is that you lowered the standard,” said the Ky Senator. “We’ll spy on foreigners at the drop of a hat. We have no standard of the Fourth Amendment at all, and some of that I can agree to, but by rebound, we’re collecting millions of conversations of Americans that should be protected by the Fourth Amendment.”
It’s “simply a mistake to downgrade” the surveillance that captured President Trump’s associates and call it “incidental; it’s no big deal,” said Senator Paul.
Former national security adviser Susan Rice insisted she was just doing her job by asking for the names of American citizens to be unmasked for intelligence gathering purposes last year, and she said she did not leak anything to the media.
In a TV interview Ms. Rice addressed a report Monday that said she played a role in revealing to the nation’s intelligence community Americans’ names, more specifically, people in President Donald Trump’s inner circle.
“Not for any political purposes,” Ms. Rice said when asked if she ever unmasked the names of anyone on the Trump campaign or transition teams.
She then denied leaking any names or information, “I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would.”
Multiple times during the interview, Ms. Rice said her role in former President Barack Hussein Obama’s White House included looking at intelligence reports in the form of communications between American and foreign citizens on a daily basis. Some of those reports required follow-ups on her part to find out who the Americans were.
When asked about what she may have done regarding members of The Trump’s Team, Ms. Rice refused to comment saying there was a tried-and-true process in place.