(NationalSentinel) High Crimes: Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged to Fox News‘ Bill O’Reilly that the Trump administration would be getting to the bottom of all the leaking of classified information regarding the Trump campaign and transition, and prosecute anyone suspected of engaging in same.
He may soon get an opportunity to prove that.
As we and others reported yesterday and over the weekend, former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice was believed to be the person who “unmasked” Team Trump members after Trump’s Nov. 8 election defeat of the hapless and uninspiring Hillary Clinton. There had been some speculation that the unmasking may have been related to what can only be called a spying operation against the president-elect and his inner circle that, we now know, began shortly after Trump won the GOP nomination in July.
Now, as noted by The Daily Caller, Rice actually ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to produce detailed documents – “spreadsheets” – on Team Trump in what has now exploded into a massive scandal involving the former president and members of his administration:
Former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce “detailed spreadsheets” of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova.
“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 News Foundation Investigative Group Monday.
“The overheard conversations involved no illegal activity by anybody of the Trump associates, or anyone they were speaking with,” diGenova said. “In short, the only apparent illegal activity was the unmasking of the people in the calls.”
Other official sources with direct knowledge and who requested anonymity confirmed to TheDCNF diGenova’s description of surveillance reports Rice ordered one year before the 2016 presidential election.
On Monday, Fox News reported that the unmasked names were then delivered to members of the National Security Council, the Defense Department, President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Obama’s CIA director, John Brennan. The report also noted that assisting Rice in this operation was Obama’s deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes.
You may recall that over the past weeks since Trump sent out his now famous March 4 tweet that Obama had his “wires tapped” that Brennan, Rhodes and Clapper have publicly refuted Trump’s claims; the Fox News revelations appear to indicate otherwise.
For her part, Rice [allegedly] lied to PBS earlier this month when she told the public TV network she had no knowledge of any of this.
“I know nothing about this,” she told PBS. “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.
All of this comes on the heels of a startling admission last week of another former Obama administration official, Dr. Evelyn Farkas, who told MSNBC last month she was “was urging my former colleagues,” to “get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves the administration.”
“I was urging my former colleagues, and frankly speaking to people on the Hill, it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves the administration.
“Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left, so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy … that the Trump folks – if they found out how we knew what we knew about their … the Trump staff dealing with Russians – that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence,” she said.
In an interview with The Daily Caller, Col. (Ret.) James Waurishuk, an NSC veteran and former deputy director for intelligence at the U.S. Central Command said that for a political spying operation this intense, there had to be a number of people involved.
“The surveillance initially is the responsibility of the National Security Agency,” Waurishuk said. “They have to abide by this guidance when one of the other agencies says, ‘we’re looking at this particular person which we would like to unmask.’”
“The lawyers and counsel at the NSA surely would be talking to the lawyers and members of counsel at CIA, or at the National Security Council or at the Director of National Intelligence or at the FBI,” he said. “It’s unbelievable of the level and degree of the administration to look for information on Donald Trump and his associates, his campaign team and his transition team. This is really, really serious stuff.”
Michael Doran, former NSC senior director, told The Daily Caller Monday that “somebody blew a hole in the wall between national security secrets and partisan politics.” It involved “a stream of information that was supposed to be hermetically sealed from politics and the Obama administration found a way to blow a hole in that wall.”
Doran alleged that some serious violations of the law had occurred because “this is a leaking of signal intelligence.”
“That’s a felony,” he continued. “And you can get 10 years for that. It is a tremendous abuse of the system. We’re not supposed to be monitoring American citizens. Bigger than the crime, is the breach of public trust.”
“We’re looking at a potential constitutional crisis from the standpoint that we used an extremely strong capability that’s supposed to be used to safeguard and protect the country,” he said. “And we used it for political purposes by a sitting President. That takes on a new precedent.”
He’s right about the trust issue; all governments require the trust and backing of their people in order to remain legitimate.
It will be up to the Trump administration to restore it. The absurdly Left-wing establishment media which serves as a Pretorian guard for Democrats will cry foul and stomp their feet about how “unfair” all of this is to former Obama administration officials, but if Trump really is the law-and-order president – and if Sessions was really serious about prosecuting the criminal acts of intelligence leaking that has taken place – they’ll gather their evidence and start preparing the arrest warrants, Rice and Rhodes chief among them.
As for Obama, isn’t it interesting that the pretend journalists in the hack Washington media establishment haven’t asked him a damned thing about any of this short of that lame pseudo-denial issued by one of his spokesman shortly after Trump tweeted his allegations – which now appear to have been fully vindicated.
It’s not likely Obama will be charged with any crimes because he was president, though it’s clear now that he was fully aware of what was taking place; only a moron would deny that. So the next best thing is to get as many of his former administration as possible and punish them in a manner befitting their criminal abuse of our institutions – for petty political purposes.
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