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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 report, published Monday by Eli Lake in Bloomberg View, said Rice was responsible for “unmasking” the identities of several of President Trump’s associates in intelligence reports.

Lake’s report, backed up by additional reporting by Fox News, could corroborate some of the White House’s claims that it was spied on by Obama officials during the transition period.

The New York Times ran a story Monday evening that said the Rice news originated in “in conservative news media outlets,” though Bloomberg View is not a conservative publication.

The paper also said that the White House’s citing of the report was an attempt “to deflect Russian scrutiny.”

The Washington Post also did not cover Lake’s original report but instead covered White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s press briefing on Monday, wherein he accused the media of a “lack of interest” in the story.

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 of Trump campaign officials listed in raw intelligence reports, according to a new report.

The report, published by Bloomberg, said “The pattern of Rice’s requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government’s policy on ‘unmasking’ the identities of individuals in the U.S.” who were not the original targets of the foreign surveillance.

The report also claims that a U.S. official with knowledge of the matter said that the conversations that were reviewed by Rice contained, “valuable political information on the Trump transition,” such as transition plans and the foreign policy views of some members of the Trump team.

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.

Susan RiceWhite House adviser Samantha Power, who serves on the National Security Council, will be named to replace Rice as U.N. ambassador.

Rice’s new post is within the White House and does not require Senate confirmation. Rice was passed over by Obama for Secretary of State earlier this year amid harsh criticism from Republicans for appearing on talk shows after the Benghazi attacks touting the idea that a video was responsible. It had become clear she could not be confirmed.

Rice served on the staff of the National Security Council during the Clinton administration. While at the NSC , she was director for international organizations and peacekeeping from 1993 to 1995 and special assistant to the president and senior director for African affairs from 1995 to 1997. In 1997, President Clinton appointed her Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, a post she held for the rest of Clinton’s term.

Rice has been criticized for playing a role in the failure of the Clinton administration to prevent the 1994 Rwanda genocide, reportedly saying at the time, “If we use the word ‘genocide’ and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November (midterm) election?”

Rice has served as U.N. ambassador since the start of Obama’s presidency in 2009.

Power has made quite a comeback since she was forced off the Obama 2008 campaign for calling Hillary Clinton a “monster.” Power backs the goals of the “Responsibility to Protect” movement, or “RtoP,” which advocates international military intervention to protect those suffering egregious human rights abuses.

In 2002, she said the United States should forcibly intervene in the battle between the Palestinians and the Israelis because Ariel Sharon and Yasser Arafat were being “dreadfully irresponsible.” She has suggested she regrets the administration’s failure and would come down on the side of action the next time she was faced with such a crisis.

Currently more than 80,000 people have been killed in Syria, but the White House has not acted against the Assad government. Whether that will change with Rice as National Security Adviser is an open question.

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.

Big headed?
Big headed?

Kerry revealed the timing of events during an interview with the Boston Globe.

Obama offered Kerry the job as controversy raged over Rice’s false insistence that the attack on the Benghazi consulate was in response to an anti-Islamic film, even as evidence was available that it was a well-planned act of terrorism. Republicans were calling for her head even before Obama had offered her the job.

While it’s quite possible he would have chosen Kerry anyway, it’s hard to imagine that the storm around Rice did not affect Obama’s thinking.

So why did Kerry reveal that he was tapped before Rice stood down, something so obviously injurious to Rice? I can only imagine that he was sick of being perceived as Obama’s second choice, the poor man’s Secretary of State.

I’ve always noticed that Kerry physically has the biggest head I’ve ever seen in my life. But it’s not very gracious to start his new job acting big-headed as well.

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 political attack against her, though she left unclear what would motivate such an attack. Obama’s allies have implied Republicans are questioning her out of misogyny and racism.

Rice adorned her comments to Obama with sanctimonious contentions that she was withdrawing to spare the country and the president the distraction of the political show trial she thinks her confirmation process would become. However, it would be unusual for someone to withdraw from consideration for such a post unless they got a request or an unmistakable hint from the White House.

Ironically, many Republicans were concerned that it was Rice herself who was politicizing foreign policy by jumping at the chance to appear on five Sunday talk shows to tout already suspect evidence that the September 11 Benghazi consulate attack resulted from an anti-Islamic video. The actual explanation – that the assault was a coordinated terrorist operation conducted by al Qaeda affiliates – undermined Obama’s campaign argument that he had largely vanquished al Qaeda.

Here is an excerpt from her letter to the president:

If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country. It is far more important that we devote precious legislative hours and energy to enacting your core goals, including comprehensive immigration reform, balanced deficit reduction, job creation, and maintaining a robust national defense and effective U.S. global leadership. Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time.

The position of Secretary of State should never be politicized. As someone who grew up in the era of comparative bipartisanship and as a sitting U.S. national security official who has served in two U.S. administrations, I am saddened that we have reached this point. We cannot afford such an irresponsible distraction from the most pressing issues facing the American people.

And here’s Rice appearing on the Obama-friendly NBC News, to which she gave the news that she was giving up.

Sen. John Kerry, who is now considered the leading candidate for the job, was spotted this evening in his Senate office doing back handsprings, a remarkable feat for a 69 year old.

Okay, actually he released a statement calling Rice “an extraordinarily capable and dedicated public servant” and blah blah blah blah.

Rice will stay on as UN Ambassador.

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