Okay, now this is getting exceedingly interesting.
The House Intelligence Committee Wednesday issued subpoenas for unmasking requests made by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.
Brennan and Rice while partisans, at least have a reasonable defense against accusations they sought for political purposes to unmask the names of Trump advisors speaking with the Russians. They’re involved in national security, although they should be forced to show why they needed to know these names. Since one suspects that maybe, at least Rice, did not.
But as the Wall Street Journal points out, Power’s job was diplomacy:
Unmaskings are supposed to be rare, and if the mere ambassador to the U.N. could demand them, what privacy protection was the Obama White House really offering U.S. citizens? The House subpoenas should provide fascinating details about how often Ms. Power and her mates requested unmaskings, on which Trump officials, and with what justification. The public deserves to know given that unmasked details have been leaked to the press in violation of the law and privacy.
Nor, as far as I’m aware, the UN ambassador also does not run criminal investigations. SO WHY DID SHE NEED TO KNOW?
Samantha Power has already disgraced herself by making her pre-government career on the “responsibility to protect” doctrine, which says we should act to oppose genocides and “crimes against humanity.” And then she joins the Obama administration and sits there while a half million Syrians are killed as a result of their dictator, Bashar Assad, and the United States effectively does nothing except possibly prolong things by giving half-hearted support to Syrian rebels.
No doubt her hypocrisy, in failing to resign, was fueled by her enjoyment of her powerful job and her desire for Barack Obama or some future Democratic president to make her secretary of state. Now, she may have worse problems than lack of principles.
Here’s an old chestnut from the Samantha Power archives.