After months of rumors and lies about him, President Trump has been proven right once again.
President Trump slammed Susan Rice after the former national security advisor to former President Obama admitted to unmasking associates of the Donald Trump transition team after the 2016 presidential election.“She’s not supposed to be doing that and what she did was wrong. We’ve been saying that. It’s just the tip of the iceberg. She wasn’t supposed to be doing that — the unmasking and the surveillance,” President Trump said to reporters aboard Air Force One, according to The Washington Times.
President Trump launched a controversy earlier this year when he released a tweet accusing the Obama administration of spying on him or members of his transition team while they were preparing to enter the Oval Office. “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” accused President Trump.
US Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), held a press conference shortly after President Trump released the tweet, confirming the newly elected commander-in-chief’s allegations. According to Nunes, the Obama administration had ordered the unmasking of associates connected to the Trump transition team after the 2016 election. The unmasking had nothing to do with Russia.
Unmasking is intelligence community jargon for revealing the names of American citizens that were collected during the course of foreign surveillance. It is illegal to monitor the communications of American citizens without a warrant, and the names of US persons are systematically removed from intelligence reports. Investigators can request the unmasking of these names if it is essential for understanding the information.
Yesterday, Rice admitted to the House Intelligence Committee that she requested the unmasking of President Trump’s associates Steve Bannon, Gen. Michael Flynn, and Jared Kushner. However, Rice says the unmasking was not targeted.
According to the former Obama advisor, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was scheduled to travel to the US and meet with former President Obama in late 2016. The meeting was canceled, but Nahyan still made the trip to the United States.
The UAE crown prince never told the State Department about his visit and arrived in the US without the Obama administration’s knowledge. Foreign leaders are not required to announce their comings and goings to the Federal government, but it is standard diplomatic procedure, according to Rice. Rice ordered the unmasking of the members of the transition team who met with the UAE leader.
However, Rice’s latest testimony completely contradicts statements she made in an interview with PBS after Rep. Nunes announced evidence of unmasking. “I know nothing about this,” Rice said in April. “I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.”
Further, as the National Review noted in April, the White House does not conduct investigations. Typically, the FBI or the NSA conducts investigations, and relays their findings to the White House.
The national security advisor is a political position, and it was not Susan Rice’s job to conduct an investigation into the American activity of Crown Prince Nahyan. Susan Rice’s unmasking of Trump associates was done purely for partisan gain.