Former national security adviser Susan Rice gave an interview on MSNBC yesterday with Democrat shill Andrea Mitchell, and in it she admitted that Barack Obama knew about the spying on President Trump’s campaign.
Rice, who’s recently come under intense scrutiny for her role in unmasking the names of American citizens, went on the network in an attempt to offer an explanation for her actions, but ended up unwittingly throwing her former boss under the bus instead.
If you listen carefully to what Rice says, she’s describing the Presidential Daily Briefings (PDB) to Mitchell
The Last Refuge offers a transcript of Rice’s comments [emphasis theirs]:
RICE: ”Let me explain how this works. I was a National Security Adviser, my job is to protect the American people and the security of our country. That’s the same as the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and CIA Director.; and every morning, to enable us to do that, we receive – from the intelligence community – a compilation of intelligence reports that the IC, the intelligence community, has selected for us –on a daily basis– to give us the best information as to what’s going on around the world.”
She then had a Freudian slip in which she accidentally said that she was asking for the unmasking of “U.S. Persons,” which she immediately covered for by describing as “U.S. Officials.”
“I received those reports, as did other officials, and there were occasions when I would receive a report in which, uh, a ‘U.S Person’ was referred to. Name, uh, not provided, just ‘U.S. Person’.
And sometimes in that context, in order to understand the importance in the report – and assess it’s significance, it was necessary to find out or request, who that U.S. official was.”
Going further, the Washington Post in December reported that Obama’s PDBs went to over 30 members of his administration. Yes, 30, which means that at least 30 different people had access to the unmasked intelligence on American citizens.
Check it out:
But while through most of its history the document has been marked “For the President’s Eyes Only,” the PDB has never gone to the president alone. The most restricted dissemination was in the early 1970s, when the book went only to President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, who was dual-hatted as national security adviser and secretary of state.
In other administrations, the circle of readers has also included the vice president, the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with additional White House staffers.
By 2013, Obama’s PDB was making its way to more than 30 recipients, including the president’s top strategic communications aide and speechwriter, and deputy secretaries of national security departments.
One such deputy secretary was Evelyn Farkas, a former Obama official who admitted in an early March interview that she was not only informed of the spying on Trump’s campaign, but encouraged other administration officials to spread the information as far and wide as possible.
Also, if you remember, in the beginning of February, the New York Observer released a report in which the author said sources close to the intelligence community were withholding information from the White House. At the time, not too many people picked up on the report; however, in light of recent revelations it makes sense they’d be keeping Trump in the dark in order to protect their secretive spy operation against him.
Now those concerns are causing problems much closer to home—in fact, inside the Beltway itself. Our Intelligence Community is so worried by the unprecedented problems of the Trump administration—not only do senior officials possess troubling ties to the Kremlin, there are nagging questions about basic competence regarding Team Trump—that it is beginning to withhold intelligence from a White House which our spies do not trust.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why they wouldn’t want Trump or anyone on his team to see what they’ve been up to.
Meanwhile, as evidence continue to grow that the president was illegally spied on from the previous administration, there’s still not a shred of evidence to suggest Trump colluded with the Russians to win the election. However, you can guess which story the media has been clinging to like a child holding on to his last lollipop.