Two equally damning and concurrent stories are unravelling simultaneously with the vindication of Trump wiretap claims. First, Susan Rice and associates throughout the administration used intelligence agencies to gather political information about Donald Trump and people around him. From the Daily Caller today:
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.
Second, the media, especially CNN, is refusing to report this news. That might because of all the relations at the major networks. From Breitbart:
David Rhoades, the current president of CBS News, is the brother of Ben Rhoades, a White House national security advisor. If Ben’s name sounds familiar, that is likely due to his reported role in the editing of the now infamous Benghazi talking points.
Claire Shipman, a senior national correspondent at ABC News, is married to no other than Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary.
If those ties between the Obama White House and ABC News aren’t disturbing enough, the president of ABC News, Ben Sherwood, is brother to Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, a special advisor to Barack Obama.
CNN, in particular, is refusing to report security information coming out that paints the Obama administration in a very poor light, indeed. Conservative journalists are having none of it.
Susan Rice – “I know nothing”
Rice source – “Nothing illegal here even tho I said I knew nothing”
CNN – “This is a Trump diversion”
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) April 4, 2017
Democrats have gone from: Trump is insane for suggesting Obama admin spied on him —> Susan Rice was just doing her job
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 4, 2017
One absurdity uncovered with Lake’s story is it shines a light on her ability to lie at the drop of a hat:
Rice herself has not spoken directly on the issue of unmasking. Last month when she was asked on the “PBS NewsHour” about reports that Trump transition officials, including Trump himself, were swept up in incidental intelligence collection, Rice said: “I know nothing about this,” adding, “I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that account today.”
A smarter person would say, “The FBI, House, and Senate are all investigating, so it’s better that I don’t say anything about it.” Did she not think the information would come out at some point?
Where it all gets somewhat ridiculous is when CNN’s Jim Sciutto tweeted the following:
Just in: “The idea that Ambassador Rice improperly sought the identities of Americans is false.” – person close to Rice tells me
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) April 3, 2017
For the record, Jim Sciutto worked in the Obama administration. It is a fact not mentioned in Sciutto’s CNN biography, but it certainly should be.
Two things about this tweet:
1. Note the careful language – The anonymous source says “improperly sought.” It likely means Lake’s reporting is valid and Rice did in fact, make requests to unmask. The question of whether it was proper or not remains to be seen.
2. The “person close to Rice” is likely somebody Sciutto knows – Before Sciutto worked at the White House, he worked at ABC. Do you know who he worked with at ABC? Ian Officer Cameron. Do you know who’s married to Cameron? Susan Rice.
Total mystery who Sciutto’s trusted source close to Rice is pic.twitter.com/n2Hpx5mKSx
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) April 4, 2017
This story, all prompted by a tweet from Donald Trump, is pulling back the veil on the collusion not only within the Obama administration but also between the Obama administration and media elites. The media is actively helping the Obama administration cover its tracks. Why? The reputation of both the Obama and the media relies on the other succeeding. President Obama isn’t stupid. He knows that owning the media means owning the message and for eight years he owned both. The problem for both the media and administration, though, is that by exposing one, the other is exposed, too.
Knowing all this, is it any wonder that the Trump administration is pushing the media hacks out of their places of primacy and allowing new media into the halls of power?
Further, this sordid episode demonstrates just how brazen the politicization of the executive branch was under Obama’s care. The only explanation is that these folks believed they were above the law and would never be caught. And they wouldn’t have been had Hillary been elected.
Donald Trump shocked everyone and the sun is just starting to shine in D.C. and what American citizens are seeing is alarming, indeed. Meanwhile, the Left obsessing about Trump-Russia seems like a cover story created by a liar like Susan Rice to divert attention from the truth: that she and others in the administration were using American spy agencies to gather political information on a political opponent. At the least, this is an abuse of power. It may turn out that it’s legal, but is it right? What isn’t right, and certainly NOT legal is the leaking of the information to the media. That’s what appears to have happened.
After all this, it seems like the United States government, with Barack Obama at the helm, were the ones interfering with the election using surveillance, propaganda and a willing media literally married and related to people in the Obama administration. Unchecked surveillance power in the hands of politicians is about as un-American as it gets.
It’s this kind of abuse that causes wild swings the other direction and hampers legitimate intelligence gathering against real foes. The American people must trust their government, to a certain extent, in order to give them the power they need to stop terrorism and prevent mass casualties. An out of control surveillance state that unmasks law-abiding citizens for political purposes puts everyone at risk.
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