(NationalSentinel) Political Corruption:Â In a bombshell report,Â BloombergÂ NewsÂ said Monday thatÂ former National Security Advisor Susan Rice requested the identities of members ofÂ Donald J. Trump’s campaign and transition team who were caught up in incidental electronic surveillance by the Obama administration’s intelligence community.
As reported byÂ Bloomberg’sÂ national security correspondent Eli Lake, a recent National Security Council review of requests found an unusual number of them were from Rice, who was adamant about getting the names ofÂ Trump Team members:
White House lawyers last month learnedÂ that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
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.”
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 because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. In February Cohen-Watnick discovered Rice’s multiple requests to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports that related to Trump transition activities. 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 end his own research into the unmasking policy.
The intelligence reports were summaries of monitored conversations — primarily between foreign officials discussing the Trump transition, but also in some cases direct contact between members of the Trump team and monitored foreign officials. One U.S. official familiar with the reports said they contained valuable political information on the Trump transition such as whom the Trump team was meeting, the views of Trump associates on foreign policy matters and plans for the incoming administration.Â
IsÂ this the high-ranking intelligence official thatÂ Fox News was referring to on Friday?
As we reported:
Someone very senior in former President Obamaâ€™s intelligence apparatus is responsible for unmasking â€“ perhaps illegally â€“ several members of President Donald J. Trumpâ€™s campaign and transition team…
The responsible party isÂ â€œvery well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world,â€ a source told the news network.
Whatâ€™s more, the report said, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes â€“ who has been on the trail of this since January, other reports have said â€“ knows who the person is, and it is not someone within the FBI, meaning it isnâ€™t Director James Comey, as some may have suspected.
Interestingly, Rice was asked about this in February during an interview with PBS, Rice said she knew “nothing” about it.
“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, who went on to criticize Trump for his accusation that Obama wiretapped him during the presidential campaign.
Trump’s allegations appear to have been spot-on.
There’s more. Sara Carter and John Solomon, writing atÂ Circa News, add that Rice’s interest in Team Trump actually began several months before the November election - in July - after two things became apparent: 1) He was the GOP nominee; and 2) He was gaining aÂ lot of support among the electorate:
Computer logs that former President Obamaâ€™s team left behind in the White House indicate his national security adviser Susan Rice accessed numerous intelligence reports during Obama’s last seven months in office that contained National Security Agency intercepts involving Donald Trump and his associates, Circa has learned.
Intelligence sources said the logs discovered by National Security Council staff suggested Riceâ€™s interest in the NSA materials, some of which included unmasked Americans’ identities, appeared to begin last July around the time Trump secured the GOP nomination and accelerated after Trumpâ€™s election in November launched a transition that continued through January.
The intelligence reports included some intercepts of Americans talking to foreigners and many more involving foreign leaders talking about the future president, his campaign associates or his transition, the sources said. Most if not all had nothing to do with the Russian election interference scandal, the sources said, speaking only on condition of anonymity given the sensitive nature of theÂ materials.
Rice, you may recall, was trotted out to the Sunday morning shows to lie about the impetus behind the Benghazi attack (that it was some isolated video no one had heard about, and not al Qaeda) that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton botched.
So, based on these reports, either Rice unmasked the names of Trump campaign and transition team officials herself, or was gathering identities and then passing themÂ along to other people who did. And are we to believe that Obama (and Clinton, for that matter), knew nothing about any of this? If you believe that, we’ve got oceanfront property in Wyoming to sell you.
As more information becomes available, it seems apparent that the Trump surveillance had nothing to do with “Russia hacking the election” and everything to do with the Obama regimeÂ spying on its potential (and eventual) replacement, in an effort to learn something that would discredit Trump, his inner circle and his presidency.
People need to be held accountable for this and, very likely, some will need to go prison. It might only take making an example out ofÂ oneÂ person - like Rice - for the entire Obama house of cards to fall.
The nation awaits its justice.