On Monday, the Internet exploded with news that Susan Rice requested the unmasking of Trump team members. Naturally, Trump-haters, including former presidential candidate Evan McMullin, rushed to her defense, Breitbart.com reported.
According to Breitbart (Emphasis added):
The revelation, reported first by Cernovich Sunday evening, showed Rice, a member of the Obama administration, had viewed communications involving incoming Trump administration officials — albeit not “wire tapping” as Trump had specifically asserted.
Trump critics and former Obama NSC officials did not dispute the report, but argued that Rice did nothing “illegal.”
Trump administration officials have not argued that unmasking was “illegal,” only that leaking to media the identities of those unmasked was illegal, which happened to then-incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
3. That means Rice asked for the names to be unmasked. An unmasking in NOT A LEAK https://t.co/dSSVkpMaOv
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) April 3, 2017
This continues to be a sideshow story at best. There are plenty of valid reasons why Trump team members' names could have been unmasked. https://t.co/oq7NrJrJL3
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) April 3, 2017
A former organizer for Hillary Clinton said Rice should be thanked:
Conservatives are accusing #SusanRice of unmasking incoming Trump officials. Considering Flynn was committing treason, we should thank her.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) April 3, 2017
A former Obama National Security Council official attacked Cernovich for breaking the story (which, by the way, has been backed up by Bloomberg and Fox News).
— Ned Price (@nedprice) April 3, 2017
Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, testified during a hearing last month that unmasking would occur only if there is a “national security implication,” or if a “criminal activity” was being discussed.
Rice would have made any unmasking before she left office on January 20. But by then, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told NBC News on March 5 that there was no evidence of any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Still, Flynn’s name and the contents of his conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak — which were classified — were leaked to the Washington Post and published in a February 9 article.
And from non-conservative news outlets on the new Rice revelation, mostly silence.
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