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Why You Won’t See the Susan Rice Unmasking Papers: They’re in Obama’s Library

Documents related to the unmasking of Trump advisors by former National Security Advisor Susan Rice have been shipped off to Barack Obama’s presidential library, where they will no doubt gather dust and possibly flammable liquids.

According to a Judicial Watch statement issued Monday:

Judicial Watch today announced that the National Security Council (NSC) on May 23, 2017, informed it by letter that the materials regarding the unmasking by Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice of “the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team” have been removed to the Obama Library.

Specifically, the NSC told Judicial Watch:

Documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library. You may send your request to the Obama Library. However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, Presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.

So it looks like the Trump NSC is saying that they couldn’t hand over the documents anyway. And I don’t know that there is anything nefarious about putting them in the library, it may be standard operating procedure. But Judicial Watch is considering a suit.

“Prosecutors, Congress, and the public will want to know when the National Security Council shipped off the records about potential intelligence abuses by the Susan Rice and others in the Obama White House to the memory hole of the Obama Presidential Library,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  “We are considering our legal options but we hope that the Special Counsel and Congress also consider their options and get these records.”

It appears, though, that copies of the records should also be in the National Archives. According to the Smithsonian:

In 1955, Congress passed the Presidential Libraries Act, which officially established a system of privately created and federally maintained libraries. But the original act had a flaw—it didn’t require that a president had to donate official papers to the Archives. That meant that there was nothing stopping a former president from deciding not to give up certain papers. That issue came to a head in 1974, when Richard Nixon resisted handing over some 3,700 hours of tape recordings that he had made in the White House—tapes that included the dirt on Watergate.

To prevent a similar situation playing out in the future, President Jimmy Carter signed the Presidential Records Act of 1978, which mandated that a president’s official papers must be turned over to the National Archives.

Either way, looks like the Obama folks did what they wanted to do and knew they could cover their tracks.

Trump: Rice’s Actions were Political

If you were a betting man or a betting woman, would you be against the proposition that she acted politically? I wouldn’t. 

President Trump rejected the idea that Obama national security adviser Susan Rice wasn’t being political when she requested the “unmasking” of people connected to Trump’s campaign who were caught up in surveillance,” the Washington Examiner reported.

A recent report from CNN indicated that both Democratic and Republican congressional sources believe Rice was acting appropriately in her requests. However, Trump — speaking in an interview recorded before the report was published — said there’s no way Rice wasn’t acting politically.

“Does anybody really believe that? Nobody believes that,” he said. “Even the people who try to protect her in the news media. It’s such a big story and I’m sure it will continue forward. What they did was terrible.”

Rice: “I leaked Nothing to Nobody”

Yeah, well I’m not buying none of it.

Former national security adviser Susan Rice on Tuesday denied leaking any information about associates of President Trump who were caught up in incidental surveillance of legitimate targets, and said there was no political motivation behind requests for their identities, the Washington Examiner reported.

In an interview on MSNBC, Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, said no one in Obama’s administration used intelligence information for political purposes.

Rice said reports she would receive would occasionally refer to “U.S. persons” who were caught up in legal surveillance. Occasionally, she would make a request to the intelligence community for the identities of those people in order to get more context for the reports and to determine if that person was a danger to national security.

Mainstream Media Slow to Pick up on Rice Story

Of course they are. They want to destroy Trump, not Obama. The national media had a slow start to covering a highly consequential report that said Susan Rice, national security adviser in the Obama administration, requested names of Trump transition team members who were incidentally caught up in U.S. surveillance, the Washington Examiner reported. The… Continue Reading

Susan Rice Sought Unmasking of Trump advisors

This is a bombshell that could lead in many different directions. Why was she unmasking Trump people? Did Barack Obama know? Of course, the mainstream media won’t follow up. But this is huge. From the Washington Examiner: Susan Rice, former national security adviser to President Obama, requested on numerous occasions the unmasking of the identities… Continue Reading

Obama Taps Susan Rice to be National Security Adviser

President Obama has chosen controversial United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice to serve as his National Security Adviser, replacing Tom Donillon, who is resigning. Obama will announce the appointment in the Rose Garden at 2:15 this afternoon. Donilon is expected to depart early next month. White House adviser Samantha Power, who serves on the National Security… Continue Reading

Kerry: I Was Offered Job a Week Before Rice Withdrew

Incoming Secretary of State John Kerry says he was offered the job by President Obama a week before UN Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from contention, an indication Rice was probably dumped from consideration and then permitted to make it seem like it was her choice to withdraw. Kerry revealed the timing of events… Continue Reading

Rice Withdraws from Consideration for State; Blames GOP

In scathing attack on Republicans, UN Ambassador Susan Rice today withdrew from consideration to be Secretary of State, informing President Obama of her decision in a letter laced with criticism of those who raised questions about her actions with respect to Benghazi and her tenure working for President Clinton. Rice accused Republicans of launching a… Continue Reading

Rice Allegedly Helped Thwart Effort that May have Prevented 1998 Africa Embassy Bombings

Writing in 2003, a former U.S. diplomat accused current UN Ambassador Susan Rice of helping thwart intelligence gathering that might have uncovered and prevented the 1998 Al Qaeda bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The attacks killed hundreds of people, including 12 Americans, and helped al Qaeda gain confidence in its ability to… Continue Reading

GOP Senators “More Troubled” After Rice Meeting

Three Republican senators who have led those concerned with the possible nomination of UN Ambassador Susan Rice to be Secretary of State say they are even more troubled after meeting with her today, according to the Associated Press. Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire met… Continue Reading