Liar Susan Rice officially admits she unmasked Trump administration officials but claims she did not leak the information to the press.
With her history of here giving false and erroneous statements to the public, including she denied knowing anything about the unmasking i the first place, gives her claim of leaking info little credibility.
Former national security adviser Susan Rice told House investigators that she unmasked the identities of senior Trump officials to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late last year, CNN reported Wednesday.
The New York meeting preceded a separate effort by the UAE to facilitate a back-channel communication between Russia and the incoming Trump White House, CNN reported.
CNN, citing unnamed sources, reported crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan arrived in New York last December for a meeting with several top Trump transition officials, including Michael Flynn, the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his then-top strategist Steve Bannon.
The sources told CNN the Obama administration felt misled by the UAE, which had failed to mention that Zayed was coming to the United States even though it’s customary for foreign dignitaries to notify the U.S. government about their travels.
Rice, who served as then-President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, told the House Intelligence Committee last week she requested the names of the Americans mentioned in the classified report be revealed internally, a practice officials in both parties say is common, CNN noted.
Unmasking the names of individuals in classified reports does not mean their identities will be revealed publicly, and Rice denied to the committee that she leaked classified information to the press, CNN reported.
Rice had been called to the House Intelligence Committee to testify partly over what Rep. Devin Nunes, R, Calif., and other Republicans believed was an abuse in the practice of “unmasking” — or revealing the identities of Americans who were communicating with foreign officials under surveillance by the U.S. intelligence community.
Recall that Rice denied knowing anything about unmasking of anyone during and inteview on “PBD NewsHour” on March 22, 2017.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, asserted in March that he had seen evidence that some of the Trump transition team’s communications with foreign actors were surveilled by the Obama administration.
“What I’ve read seems to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps legal, but I don’t know that it’s right and I don’t know if the American people would be comfortable with what I’ve read,” Nunes said.
On “PBS NewsHour” on March 22, Judy Woodruff asked Rice about Nunes’ claims.
“I know nothing about this,” Rice responded at the time. “I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.”
“So, today, I really don’t know to what Chairman Nunes was referring, but he said that whatever he was referring to was a legal, lawful surveillance, and that it was potentially incidental collection on American citizens,” added Rice, who went on to criticize Trump for his accusation that Obama wiretapped him during the presidential campaign.
Rice, is know to have made other false and erroneous statements to the public.
She infamously went on Sunday morning talk shows in the wake of the Benghazi terror attack to claim the assault was spurred on by a little-known YouTube video, an allegation that proved false.
She also said former Taliban hostage Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction” in June 2014, soon after his release from enemy captivity. Seven months later, Bergdahl was court martialed on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
Now we are supposed to believe she is telling the truth that she didn’t leak any information about those she unmasked after lying about unmasking in the first place?
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