Report: Former Obama Aide Ben Rhodes Now 'Person Of Interest' In House Intel Probe Of Unmaskings

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The noose is tightening...

Ben Rhodes, former aide to President Obama, is a "person of interest" in the House Intel Committee's unmasking investigation, according to Sara Carter of Circa News.

Former Obama White House National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes is now an emerging as a person of interest in the House Intelligence Committee’s unmasking investigation, according to a letter sent Tuesday by the committee to the National Security Agency (NSA). This adds Rhodes to the growing list of top Obama government officials who may have improperly unmasked Americans in communications intercepted overseas by the NSA, Circa has confirmed.

House Intel Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) reportedly sent a letter to the NSA requesting information on the number of 'unmasking' requests Rhodes made between Jan 1, 2016 and Jan 20, 2017, and have requested that the information be made available to the committee no later than August 21.

All Rhodes lead to jail?

If the unmasking rumors are true, Rhodes - a former deputy national security advisor under Obama, is in deep shit - joining a list of Obama admin officials included in the House Intel Committee probe, along with former CIA director John Brennan, Susan Rice, and former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power. A letter sent last week from Nunes to Trump's director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, suggested that hundreds of unmasking requests were made during the 2016 presidential elections.

Per Circa:

The story, which was first reported by The Hill last week, stated that the requests were made without specific justifications as to why the unmasking was necessary. Rice and Brennan have confirmed they sought the unredacted names of Americans in NSA-sourced intelligence reports but insisted their requests were routine parts of their work and had no nefarious intentions.

Power also has legal authority to unmask officials, though the practice has not reportedly been common for someone in her position.

Last week, the Washington Examiner reported that Ben Rhodes sat down with the House Intelligence Committee, the same day Jared Kushner apparently dazzled them with his performance.

It was already known that Jared Kushner, top adviser and son-in-law to President Trump, on Tuesday spoke with members of the panel, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign. CNN’s Manu Raju tweeted Tuesday evening that the network’s chief political analyst Gloria Borger had learned that Rhodes also spoke to the committee.

The Intelligence Committee is investigating intelligence leaks, and Rhodes has become a person of interest for certain Republicans as someone who may be playing a role in the leaking of classified information from the Trump administration to reporters.

This news follows a report that Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) named Ben Rhodes as the creator of an 'in-house echo chamber' meant to mislead reporters and the public about President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, stating “Any Obama holdover at any of these agencies, you’ve got to get them out of there because clearly they’re not on the same team and particularly on the [White House] National Security Council," adding “I think Congress and some members of the Intelligence Committee can call Ben Rhodes to testify . . . He may be able to invoke executive privilege from when Obama was president but he definitely can’t do that in any interactions he’s had since then." -Washington Free Beacon

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nmewn The Iconoclast Wed, 08/02/2017 - 06:51 Permalink

Much bigger than Watergate and corrosively to the whole much worse than Watergate. This is using government agencies against the political opposition like one finds in Africa or the Banana Republics, it was being done to benefit one person. Hillary, a private citizen. Their choice.Just like the Clintons did it with the IRS and the "bimbo eruptions". Just like Obama's IRS did it against the Tea Party. Just like Holder did it with the DoJ & ATF in Fast & Furious as a pretense for domestic gun control legislation.Just like with the appointment of Mueller the Inquisitor by the DoJ searching in vain for a crime. But only a crime committed by one person or team. Where none has been committed, nor is there even any evidence of, as he routinely, without fail, overlooks all other felony crimes he trips over. From Comey stealing government property and lying under oath to pointedly not demanding to see the evidence supplied to the FISA court for a warrant to Lowrenta Matters giving waivers & visa's to Fusion GPS's Natalia and instructing Comey how to speak to the Alinsky press to now this...the...350% increase in searching/unmasking on Americans names in the NSA data base by those in the previous administration. 

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DuneCreature Tue, 08/01/2017 - 22:28 Permalink

Who runs the news rooms in DC these days?

Unmasking is big deal huh?

How about more dead bodies that can't be found? ... Anyone seen Seth?

This could all disappear like a Black Labrador Retriever sleeping in the old basement coal bin. ... Come to think of it, that's exactly where they will hide all of the HRC bodies as they stack up.

Where did they hide James Edward Gibson's corpse? ....... Anyone checked the swamp for floaters? ... How about the trunk of that classic Caddie sitting in the poor dude's driveway? ..... You don't want to find a body in a boot in Washington DC the hard way in the middle of the summer. ................ By the smell.

So where did they take Mr. Gibson? ... Are all shootings in our capital city Sethed Out (tm) these days? .. You know, one big National Security FBI Big Fucking Top Secret (tm). .. No news is supposed to be good news or sumpin'?

Hey, Wapo! .... A prominent businessman in DC is gunned down in his business by a half dozen intruders and you got nuttin' for us? ...

What's up with that?

But you have wall-to-wall Trump tantrum lame leak coverage. ...... The leakers are probably the Awan Brothers. They seem to have hacked everything else in DC. They sure could have hacked the White House too for Killary, Brennan and Allah.

Live Hard, Hey, Bozo Bezo, Are We Not Reporting On Local Crime In DC Anymore? ... Staffing Back For The Summer Or What?, Die bFree

~ DC 7.4

DuneCreature jeff montanye Wed, 08/02/2017 - 09:14 Permalink

Well, I saw the obit on Joseph Gawler's and Sons LLC. funeral parlor website (and have a screen shot, on a 'hunch' it might be 'disappeared' soon). .. At least one other person saw it and left condolences.

So, even a false death report taken that far is newsworthy. .. Wapo will need to weigh-in with something about the story.

It looks like the FBI - Team Cover-Up was a little behind the curve on sweeping up after the op. .. They haven't been taking Crowd Source 'We Are Watching' very seriously.

Live Hard, Put Clark Kent And Louis Lane On The Story If You Have To, Jeff, Die Free

~ DC v7.4

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swmnguy Tue, 08/01/2017 - 22:35 Permalink

It doesn't seem that odd that that National Security Advisor would make unmasking requests.  The Ambassador to the UN, yes, but not the National Security Advisor.  I can think of numerous situations where intelligence would mean something entirely different depending on the identity of an American involved.For instance, suppose the CIA were to be tracking a Russian attempt to manipulate the US election.  I know, I know; let's just say.Would it make a difference if the American they were working with were Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton of Joe Schmoe?  I think it would.

trutherator swmnguy Wed, 08/02/2017 - 06:43 Permalink

It's not odd for Obama appointees that these political operators in high political positions were unmasking for the purpose of leaking intelligence to hurt one party's candidate in an electiom. The State Department has a whole big unit to investigate such corruption elsewhere, and the DOJ does it domestically. So maybe in the  Internet Age, this time they get caught. No big deal? Timr to dismantle the Police State, Surveillance State, declare PEACE.

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Dumpster Elite Tue, 08/01/2017 - 22:52 Permalink

Anybody know who Ben Rhodes brother is? Anyone??? That's right, kids. It's good ol' David Rhodes. Why, he's the head of CBS News! But of course, there's no "collusion" here. No impropriety...not even a HINT of a scandal. Now, back to Russia!

steveo77 Wed, 08/02/2017 - 00:15 Permalink

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deepfriedbrain Wed, 08/02/2017 - 00:27 Permalink

more fake news...this Sara Carter chick starts these click bait stories that are a road to no where... all manufactured drama weird that there is so much gas lighting on ZH.... may have to move on. Thus far has been the site that is well researched and not prone to gaslighting.

ZeroPointNow SmittyinLA Wed, 08/02/2017 - 03:24 Permalink

Can't argue with that. Gorelick is 100% DNC / deep state operative who backed out of repping Kushner in the Russia-probe to remain in the shadows. "After serving as deputy Attorney General under Bill Clinton, Gorelick – with no experience in finance – was appointed Vice Chairman at Fannie Mae from 1997 – 2003, where after just four years she received $26.5 million in compensation during a period in which the lender came under fire for a $10 billion accounting scandal and an executive bonus scandal which netted Gorelick $779,625.The D.C. insider has also made millions sitting on the boards of  United Technologies and Amazon.comWhen James Comey reopened his investigation into Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, the Jeff Bezos-connected Amazon board member co-wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post entitled “James Comey is damaging our democracy, in which Gorelick argued the FBI investigation was “antithetical to the interests of justice,” and was “putting a thumb on the scale of this election and damaging our democracy.”Gorelick was reportedly considered for Attorney General under a Hillary Clinton Presidency, and was also mentioned for the job during John Kerry’s 2004 run at the White House."

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Catahoula Wed, 08/02/2017 - 07:19 Permalink

Wonder how much money that cocksucker made from his pro Iran deal and the $650 billion pallet cash drop. Taxpayer money. Lawless admin of fags and corrupt IC. Republican cowards let them get away with it. Cowards!