Susan Rice gives Senate middle finger, refuses to testify on alleged Russian election interference

Susan Rice
Susan Rice, as she appeared on MSNBC. (YouTube, MSNBC, Citizen Slant)

Susan Rice
Susan Rice, as she appeared on MSNBC. (YouTube, MSNBC, Citizen Slant)

On Wednesday, the Daily Caller reported that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice basically gave the Senate a middle finger salute and refused to testify at a hearing on alleged Russian election interference.

According to the Daily Caller:

“Senator Whitehouse has informed us by letter that he did not agree to Chairman Graham’s invitation to Ambassador Rice, a significant departure from the bipartisan invitations extended to other witnesses,” Rice’s lawyer Kathryn Ruemmler wrote in a letter to Graham. “Under these circumstances, Ambassador Rice respectfully declines Senator Graham’s invitation to testify.”

Rice was the administration official who made the dozens of requests seeking to unmask the identities of Trump associates, which she said were for national security reasons and not politically motivated.

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Fox News added:

Rice became a central part of the Russia investigation when President Donald Trump said she may have committed a crime when she asked intelligence analysts to disclose the name of a Trump associate mentioned in an intelligence report. Rice has said she did nothing improper.

In a statement of his own, Graham noted Rice’s previous denials and said, “I expect we will continue down this path. I hope Ms. Rice will come before the committee – and not just the press.”

Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he was “deeply disappointed” at Rice’s refusal and added, “Declining to attend because you didn’t get an invite from a member of your party is a poor excuse and makes it appear as though she’s hiding something. No investigation will be complete until her role is understood.”

“I’d like to ask questions of her,” Graham said during an appearance on CNN. “I have seen press reports — I don’t know how accurate — that she was involved in the unmasking of a U.S. citizen who was incidentally surveilled.”

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