House Intel Panel Wants Susan Rice To Testify

Tyler Durden's picture

If former National Security Advisor Susan Rice though she could get away from the current furore over the Trump "unmasking" scandal with just one MSNBC interview in which Andrea Mitchell did not even ask her why she lied two weeks ago to PBS, she will be disappointed because the House Intelligence Committee has officially asked Susan Rice to testify, supposedly under oath.

As the WSJ reports, citing two officials familiar with the matter, Rice who served as national security adviser under former President Barack Obama, is on a list of witnesses drawn up by the committee as part of its probe. House Republicans and Democrats have agreed upon a preliminary list of about 30 witnesses that officials say will be expanded as needed. Formal requests to testify haven’t been sent yet by the committee to the witnesses.

As everyone knows by now, the White House and Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), the House panel’s chairman, have charged the Obama administration improperly used surveillance information that included “unmasking” the names of Trump transition team members for political gain ahead of handing over the White House.

Earlier on Tuesday, speaking to MSNBC, Rice said she didn’t use intelligence about Mr. Trump’s associates for political purposes and said she didn’t leak anything regarding her successor, Mike Flynn. In the television interview, she also described requests to unmask the identities of Americans mentioned in intelligence reports as necessary to do her job and entirely different than leaking classified information.

“The notion, which some people are trying to suggest, that by asking for the identity of an American person, that is the same as leaking it, is completely false,” Ms. Rice said on MSNBC. “There’s no equivalence between so-called unmasking and leaking. The effort to ask for the identity of the American citizen is necessary to understand the importance of an intelligence report in some instances.”

However, she declined to comment on whether she had made such requests with respect to people associated with Trump who may have been mentioned in intelligence reports. She was also not asked why she lied in an interview two weeks ago on PBS in which she said she had no information about any "unmasking."

A Republican official familiar with deliberations by GOP lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee said the names of two U.S. citizens who were part of the Trump transition team have been unmasked in intelligence reports. One is Mr. Flynn and the other hasn’t been identified, said the official, adding that this person appeared in a report that had nothing to do with Russia, unlike the report featuring Mr. Flynn, which documented phone conversations he had in late December with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

 

Flynn was forced to resign after misleading White House officials and Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of those conversations, which current and former officials said concerned the possible easing of Obama-era sanctions on Russia. The existence of those conversations was leaked to the media in January, almost exclusively to the WaPo and NYT.

The question is who did the leaking.

The Republican official and others said Rice wasn’t the administration official who instigated Flynn’s unmasking. Rice acknowledged in her televised interview Tuesday that she requested names of Americans be unmasked in intelligence files. But she refused to comment about whether she sought the unmasking of any Trump transition members.

“The additional unmasking of an American is a disaster,” the Republican official said. “There was no reason to unmask that name.”

Rice said in the MSNBC interview that she couldn’t get into which names were unmasked in specific reports. “I don’t know what Devin Nunes reviewed at the White House,” she said. “What I can say is that  there is an established process for senior national security officials to ask for the identity of U.S. persons in these reports.” Rice also said she didn’t know what reports were being referred to “by those who are putting out this story.” 

“I don’t know what time frame they were from, I don’t know the subject matter, and I don’t know who they think was collected upon,” she said.

Rice also said she didn’t leak the name of Mr. Flynn.  “I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would,” Rice said.

The process of unmasking, like many actions within the U.S. intelligence apparatus, is highly secretive and contentious because they themselves are classified and revealing them publicly could be a crime.

And while Susan Rice may not have "known" much in her MSNBC interview, she will have to come up with answers during her sworn testimony.

At which point the only question on everyone's lips will be: will she plead the Fifth?

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JLee2027's picture

LOL! Gotcha Bitch

Latina Lover's picture

Time for Satan to spirit cook this bitches ass!  Justice wil be finally served for the hundreds of thousands of humans she indirectly helped to kill.  

Bernie Madolf's picture

Rice testimony before congressional panel has been leaked!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ERm_WNxGs1U

jcaz's picture

"Asks"?????

Fuck that.

COMPEL.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

"Asks"?????

Must be a typo. I'm sure they meant 'axe'.

JRobby's picture

Perjury? Anybody? Anyone? Bueller?

BullyBearish's picture

There's only one form of justice for these criminals...ask janet reno...

Troll Magnet's picture

Hmm...Anyone in the mood for some fried rice? 

TeamDepends's picture

Dirty Rice with Walnut Sauce, it's what's for dinner in Hopey Changey Land.

847328_3527's picture

The entire Hillary-Obama crew pled the Fifth so far----

1) Holder;

2) Lowrenta; and

3) Lois Lerner.

None were even indicted despite blatant crimes.

And there's The weasel handing Huma, Mills, etc immunity!

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Yeah, but there's a new sheriff in town.  Well, we'll see soon about that.

MANvsMACHINE's picture

She should avoid nail guns, tall buildings, pillows, and get herself a food tester.

PT's picture

We know she leaked nothing to nobody.  Now we just have to find out what she leaked to somebody.  Then perhaps we might also wish to know what she leaked to everybody.

funthea's picture

Should be offered a deal if she will bring the house down on all these clowns.

 

jcaz's picture

That, or "Can't remember"-  that's my favorite one-  it works for Hillary and four-year olds......

thebigunit's picture

New Sherriff in town.

None were even indicted despite blatant crimes.

Judge Trump is now "the law west of the Pecos".

He'll give 'em a fair trail and then hang 'em.

Lumberjack's picture

Whitewash...intel committee, you must be joking. Might as well have Bernie Madoff on Ways and Means.

http://www.themainewire.com/2012/03/developing-king-wind-project-cited-c...

Sanity Bear's picture

can we fast forward to "jury wants Rice to hang" please

Gargoyle's picture

you mean, "axe Janet Reno"....

 

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Dennisen's picture

She'll be available on the 5th...

Squid Viscous's picture

First she needs to be exorcised...

The Power of Christ COMPELS you!

Lets Buy The Dip's picture

soon as a silly black women gets on tv, the markets sink, and yields.....

HERE IS THE CHART ==> http://www.bit.ly/2o12FwR

The market is doing nothing here, and we await for TRUMP, and TAX policies, so obscure now, but later it may be a BLOODBATH..?? But this silly bitch is not helping them PUMP up wall st for teh DUMP later. 

Bernie Madolf's picture

Rice testimony before congressional panel has been leaked!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ERm_WNxGs1U

toady's picture

I'm wondering if trump is on to something here.... prove they spied on him, then turn it on it's head by saying they spy on everyone....

Interesting way to go after the MIC/surveillance state....

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Ummm... we already know they spy on everyone, trump had no problem with this during the campaign.  He's not going after the MIC, he's upping their bankroll.

I like your avatar though, +1

Frogs, turtles, bunnies, and ferrets (yet to see one though) always get +1

JRobby's picture

We did not really know until Snowden. Some still refuse to believe. But there will always be that.

JRobby's picture

I think you should email this link from 2015 to everyone you know and everyone they know, etc.. Your service will be appreciated by all.

toady's picture

Many were aware before Snowden, many more after, but I'm talking about someone at the potus level coming out against the surveillance state.... and doing so in a manner that forces someone to step in shit, so an example can be made... a precident can be set.

 

Sabibaby's picture

Mass surveillance for a leader is like heroin for a junkie. 

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Susan Rice should NOT be the only one to testify before House Intel. I would also subpoena the two people below as well because they had stories about Rice's actions that were never published in 2016.

"Maggie Haberman of NYT 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."

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

Checkmate!

Yo, chess always white against black. Who always gets da first move? Whitey!

Checkmate be rhesusism!

Wage Slave 927's picture

Here's the ebonics version of the story:

 

If fo'ma' Nashunal Security Adviso' Susan Rice dough she could dig away fum de current furo'e upside de Trump "unmax'in'" scandal wid plum one MSNBC interview in which Andrea Mitchell dun did not even ax' ha' why she lied two weeks ago t'PBS, she gots'ta be disappointed as moments ago Dow Jones repo'ted dat da damn Crib Intelligence Panel gots ax'ed Susan Rice t'testify, supposedly unda' oad. 

HOUSE INTELLIGENCE PANEL ASKS SUSAN RICE TO TESTIFY, DJ SAYS 
De next quesshun on everyone's lips, dig dis: gots'ta she plead da damn Fifd? 

As some reminder, earlia' in de day, de MSNBC ancho' ax'ed Susan Rice if she would testify befo'e congress as Rand Fuh'rina requested, Rice responded by changin' de subject t'Russia. WORD! 

"Rand Fuh'rina be suggestin' dat ya' be subpoenaed t'testify. Slap mah fro! Would ya' be willin' t'go t'Capitol Hill?" Mitchell ax'ed. 

"You's know, Andrea, let's, let's… see whut comes," she said. "Umm, I'm not goin', ahh, ya' know, sit here and prejudge, but whut ah' gots'ta say be dat da damn investigashuns dat is underway as t'de Russian involvement in our electo'al process is very impo'tant and dey're real serious. Every American ought t'have an interest in dose investigashuns goin' whereva' de evidence indicates dey should."

NoPension's picture

Woodward? Bernstein?.....crickets.

The silence is deafening.

Latina Lover's picture

"I did nothing to nobody" 

I don't know what is worse, the lies or the use of a double negative by a supposed (affirmative action) PHD?

TheMeatTrapper's picture

If you like your mask, you can keep your mask.

nuubee's picture

It just never fucking gets old... that meme will live forever in my soul.

WarPony's picture

All yo masks's belong to us - masks's bitch'ez