Rand Paul: Rice Should Testify Under Oath If Obama Ordered Her To "Unmask" Trump Team

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After it emerged courtesy of Mike Cernovich that former National Security Advisor Susan Rice had made numerous requests to “unmask” the identities of Americans associated with President Trump in intelligence reports, senator Rand Paul who in recent days has been on increasingly better terms with the president and even went golfing with him this weekend, said Rice should testify under oath about her involvment in a potentially illegal scandal that she herself denied she had any knowledge of as recently as 2 weeks ago.

The Kentucky senator called the unmasking an “enormous deal” and indicated that it should be illegal.

“If it is allowed, we shouldn’t be allowing it, but I don’t think should just discount how big a deal it is that Susan Rice was looking at these and she needs to be asked, ‘Did President Obama ask her to do this? Was this a directive from President Obama?  I think she should testify under oath on this.” Paul told reporters.

“I think she should be asked under oath, did she reveal it to The Washington Post. I think they were illegally basically using an espionage tool to eavesdrop or wiretap — if you want to use the word generally — on the Trump campaign,” Paul said.

The report about Rice is linked to Devin Nunes’s claim that the Trump transition team was "accidentally surveilled" and associated information was widely disseminated in intelligence community reports.

Nunes made the claim nearly two weeks ago, infuriating his Democratic colleagues by briefing the media and Trump on the information before revealing it to his committee. Nunes said he was particularly concerned with the possibility that Trump associates were “unmasked” in the intelligence reports.  Nunes revealed the information weeks after Trump accused Obama of having his “wires tapped” at Trump Tower ahead of the presidential election.

Paul used Monday’s development to renew his push for reform of a controversial provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that allows the U.S. intelligence community to target non-Americans outside the United States without a warrant. The provision, Section 702, is up for renewal later this year. Paul also signaled that he sees Nunes — who has long been an advocate for the foreign intelligence law — as a potential ally for reform.

Nunes previously took issue with the fact that Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, had his communications monitored by the intelligence community, which were later the subject of media reports. 

“I have been very impressed with Devin Nunes,” Paul said. “All of the intelligence hawks don’t like him because he appears to have found something and he’s willing to talk about it with the president.”

“I think it is inappropriate and it should be illegal,” Paul said of "incidental collection" on Americans without a warrant, i.e. spying by the NSA first revealed by Edward Snowden.

“I don’t think you should be allowed to listen to Americans’ conversations without a warrant. They are doing it without a warrant. They are targeting a foreigner, and because they are targeting a foreigner they are gathering all of this information on Americans.” 

“Is there a possibility that Susan Rice was politically motivated? Let’s ask her why she was opening up all of the conversations with Trump transition figures.”

Last Friday, in a rare public compliment of a political figure, Matt Drudge said that "Rand Paul is America's best senator."

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buckstopshere's picture

Another Illinois politician will go to federal prison.

IridiumRebel's picture

No she won't. She'll get a fucking book deal and People mag cover story about her "ordeal".

nmewn's picture

While we're at it, can't we get the only one known to be a registered foreign agent while making millions of rubles off of Russian banks and uranium deals while having direct access to the DNC & Hillary "who just happened to get his email hacked"?

Mr.Podesta, you're our next contestant on Whoa Shit Whatabeartrap! Come on down! 

Troll Magnet's picture

omfg...we're gonna have to put up with the left's endless whining of racism again, aren't we? fuckin' libtards...

Handful of Dust's picture

The MSM is in a panic---Yahoo completely avoids any mention of Russia, Susan Rice or the other Democrat criminals now.

philipat's picture

Yes, for sure the MSM will say that this is all rayciss and the brown affirmative clowns are really honest fine upstanding Libtards of the same feather (so far untarred). I'm assuming this is just grandstanding by PAul because:

  1. Given their (lack of) any ethical standards (in fairness, shared by most politicians) does he really think she would tell the truth even under oath?
  2. Does ANYBODY really believe that Obuttboy wasn't involved in this "balls to the wall" (Or Reggie)?
Jimmy Jimmereeno's picture

"the Trump transition team was "accidentally surveilled"

That is an incorrect statement, Tylers.  The correct terminology is "incidentally surveilled", which implies a whole different perspective and meaning.

OverTheHedge's picture

Is anyone asking who else was included? i.e., given that this started before Trump was a candidate, one would assume that ALL the potential candidates were on the list. Probably all Republican politicians, of both houses, perhaps also Democrat politicians who "couldn't be trusted", and so on. Once you have the power, the temptation to use it seems to be immense, and once you are "a little bit pregnant", you might as well go whole hog, if you will excuse the mixed metaphor.

Did Obama just eavesdrop on absolutely anyone he thought might be interesting, just because he could?

Zero Point's picture

Are you asking who else is under NSA surveilance? EVERYONE. You. Me. That guy that did Simons cat videos. Everyone has some kind of data intercepted by the NSA via the five eyes.

otschelnik's picture

Besides Trump?  5-6 of the people working at his companies, at 14 locations, Supreme Court Justice Roberts, and 156 other federal judges.

http://www.wnd.com/2017/03/the-whistleblower-devin-nunes-must-hear-from/

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IridiumRebel's picture

Well he won't do time either. All these scum fucks get off. Until they're swinging from lampposts nothing will change.

chubbar's picture

Circa reporting on Hannity show that the transcripts of Trump & Co. were not related to Russia and had NO foreign policy interests. Essentially saying that there was NO reason that these transcripts would be of interest to the intel agencies other than political. So, if this is accurate, it's going to be pretty fucking hard to explain why Rice was interested in these transcripts, legal or not.

I suspect this story is going to grow 10 fold. Also, still no evidence that Russia was doing anything with regard to hacking the election, whatever that means. I want to see Rice standing tall in front of a congressional panel answering some serious questions by Gowdy & company.

vealparm's picture

Personally, I'm sick of congressional panels/inquiries they are a dog and pony show where lying and obfuscation are tolerated. We need special prosecutors, federal grand juries and some indictments......and trials.

vato poco's picture

naw, naw...surely you've just forgotten all the people who went to prison after Gowdy's Benghazigate hearings, right? that steely-eyed former prosecutor got to the truth and people went to jail!!

no...wait...

SoDamnMad's picture

"Under Oath"  Just what does that mean anymore?  I landed under sniper fire. I did not have sex with that woman.  If you want your doctor, you can keep your doctor.

Since we trampled on the Constitution and have lied countless times, I think the term, "Under Oath" is a bunch of complete shit from anyone from DC.

Now to a Marine, it is something completely different.

froze25's picture

They don't even know what the Constitution says, how could they take an Oath to uphold what they don't even know? Its a joke.

modric's picture

It makes u realise why they are so desperate to bring trump down. Whats next.

Keyser's picture

We already know that she is a lying cunt, why waste the time and energy to have her lie before Congress, just alike all the Obama lackeys... 

Troll Magnet's picture

FAST & FURIOUS.

The Cromnibus Bill where Barry put us taxpayers on the hook for the Goldman & Co's Derivatives Dominoes.

Handful of Dust's picture

More Obama people have taken the 5th then any other administration in recent hisotry:

1) lois lerner from the IRA;

2) Lowrenta Lynch;

3) Eric Holder.

 

...and so on.

wee-weed up's picture

Yep, most transparent Admin in American history... Obozo promised!

OverTheHedge's picture

I think he meant everyone else would be transparent to the administration, not the other way around. Did we all misinterpret that statement? Our bad.

azusgm's picture

..because Obama is not in the White House, Pelosi does not have the gavel in the House, and Harry Reid is gone and so is the democratic majority in the Senate. Besides that, Eric Holder and Lowrenta have left the building. Maybe someone can dig up the rule of law and see if it is still breathing.

j0nx's picture

Trust me, if rand is asking her to testify about these specific questions then he already knows the answers. A good detective never asks you a question that he doesn't already know the answer to. They are just trying to catch her in more lies. Her dark skin stay out of jail card may not save her or her boss this time.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Susan Rice should NOT be the only one to testify before congress. I would also subpoena the two people below as well.

"Maggie Haberman had it.  She will not run any articles that are critical of the Obama administration."

"Eli Lake had it.  He didn't want to run it and Bloomberg didn't want to run it because it vindicates Trump's claim that he had been spied upon.  And Eli Lake is a 'never Trumper.'  Bloomberg was a 'never Trump' publication."

For all who lie, they should experience the "klingon pain stick" as punishment. Just kidding.

DeathingerStar's picture

You had me until, "just kidding"... I'm gonna pretend you wrote that to throw the CIA off your scent.

NoPension's picture

Hannity had Eli Lake on. He looked like a deer in the headlights.

tunetopper's picture

Yes indeed he did - I saw it! He finally landed a good gig with Michael Bllombergs outfit.

tunetopper's picture

All the blame is going to be heaped on Rice - but you and I both know that this all-in compassing massive eavesdropping was done on everyone all the time. So it probably included a cabal of Israeli factions like Les Moonves, Ben Bradlee, David Rhodes and his Brother Ben Rhodes who worked in the upper echelons of the White House intelligence apparatus, and who was the point person on the Benghazi fukup

Twee Surgeon's picture

Dream on,  China Moon,

When was the last time you saw a Politician or a Big time Banker go to Jail ?

Not a One in the last 30 years that I can remember, there was that one guy Mike Bogdablovovitch or some shit, from Chicago or Detroit or some other Dump.

they locked him up for being Bat shit crazy and liable to tell a tale.

You will not see politicians and Bankers going to jail. The Law does not apply to them. Secret Handshake.

No fucker will be wearing Orange, the Government are a private club, Sad but true. You ain't in it.

thebigunit's picture

Dennis Hastert, Mark Foley, Tom DeLay, Bernie Madoff, . . .

When was the last time you saw a Politician or a Big time Banker go to Jail ?

 

Almost Solvent's picture

Hopefully little andy cuomo next

froze25's picture

We can dream, we can dream...

truthseeker47's picture

More than 2 Illinois govs have gone to jail, repubs & dems.

jeff montanye's picture

bernie was not a big time banker.  he was a con artist/ponzi schemer who stole from jews.  that is not acceptable.

here are some more politicians: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_federal_politicians_convi...

Twee Surgeon's picture

Not often enough to make me think that anyone was being Incarcerated for anything other than fucking up the Play.

Your list should wrap around the world at the Equator, not a list of Four Guys that stood out in the old Chinese 'Nail that sticks out gets Hammered down' view of the world.

Millions are complicit in a most Grand Theft. Symbolic Prosecutions are one thing, the Common Law of the land is another thing, but required.

The Banker golden rule of 'Do not fuck up' is not an excuse for Institutionalized fraud that Impoverishes the Masses.

People die over this stuff, old people, now destitute, blow their brains out or drop too many pills.

Explicit Contracts are made with Financial bodies approved by the Government. We do not trust our bank anymore, multiply that by a Million other people who are getting to feel the same way, It is Fundamental to a Civilized Society.

You have a list of 4 never had a blister scumbags ?

thebigunit's picture

I wasn't volunteering to be your research intern.

Your list should wrap around the world at the Equator, 

I was only providing sufficient examples to disprove your theory.

"Accuse a Jesuit of murdering two men and a dog, and he will produce the dog".

-- Anon.

DeathingerStar's picture

Not to mention the ones who fall from skyscrapers or those who suicide with nail guns...

STP's picture

Don't forget Randy Cunningham...

nunyabidnez's picture

Nope, they're going to say it's common practice, end of story. My head was about to explode listening to Tucker Carlson tonight, the Dems are already putting the spin on it..

truthseeker47's picture

Mike Bubblebitch, a governor from the State Where The Governors Make The License Plates, tried to auction off Obummer's seat when he was elected pres.  Also many other totally corrupt typical Illinois political things.  In dummycrat controlled Illinois even the repubs are corrupt.  They "might" have an honest governor now but he can't do anything with the dummycrat controlled legislature.

man from glad's picture

President Obama go to jail? There will be the usual faux outrage by the linguini spined GOP but I hate to break it to you - nothing will come of this.

Do you remember the IRS scandal? Targeting Tea party and conservative individuals? Remember who went to jail for that? That's right - NOBODY. If there was a more clear cut case, a slam dunk affair of illegal activity that was it. 

So if some midlevel .GOV bureaucrat like Lois Lerner got off scott-free you think the first too-big-to-fail-black-president Obama is going to go down? You have a lot more faith in the system than I do.

Wage Slave 927's picture

When the dumb bitch passed the information to the press she committed multiple felonies. Oh, and the presstitutes who received the information (which was still classified) are gonna eat shit, too.

justin423's picture

You report this and not the following, which also came out in the last 3 days?
1. Carter Page was recruited by the FSB in 2013 and became an FBI double agent

2. Erik Prince met with the FSB in the Seychelles

3. The FBI now has a 20 agent headquarters team running an investigation and arrested 2 NY based agents on obstruction justice charges

I wonder if this site is being run by putinka's little helpers

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Links or it didn't happen, butthole.