Rice Testimony Before Intelligence Committee Mysteriously Postponed

Last week Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio noted he was interested in learning two things from Rice: “Did you unmask the names and if so why?”

President Trump has alleged Rice may have committed a crime by asking government analysts to “unmask” the names of his associates included in the government surveillance reports.

One of the panel’s more aggressive members, Jordan wants to go beyond the unmasking issue to examine if Rice and other high-level Obama administration officials misled the American public on serious issues, such as when Rice repeatedly blamed an obscure video for provoking the Benghazi attack on the American ambassador and others in Libya.

The American people want to get the truth on all of these issues,” said Jordan. He also raised concerns about how Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch handled the Clinton email investigation and whether James Comey exposed classified information in an apparent effort to retaliate against Trump firing him as FBI director.”

Rice has steadfastly denied doing anything inappropriate related to the unmasking. She maintains that as national security adviser, she was fully authorized to seek the information on the redactions in the reports. She claims to be cooperating with the House and Senate intelligence committees.

Among those reportedly unmasked was Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser until undisclosed conversations with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak led to his resignation in February.”

Predictably, Rice has played the race and gender cards as reasons for people to accuse her of wrongdoing. It’s doubtful she thinks her race and gender may have proven useful as she advanced her career.

As part of her modus operandi during her tenure with Obama, Ms. Rice has often been a little fast and loose with the truth. She has serious difficulty in keeping her story straight.

Rice told PBS in March that she “knew nothing” about the unmasking of Trump associates. She later acknowledged having occasionally sought the identities of Trump associates who communicated with foreigners, a process known as “unmasking” in the intelligence community. But she later told MSNBC, “I leaked nothing to nobody.”

She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University and her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from New College, Oxford. Along the way, she didn’t appear to totally master the English language. A truly educated person would have said, “I did not leak anything to anybody.”

Interestingly enough, the Rice unmasking revelation did not come from the New York Times or Washington Post. Independent journalist Mike Cernovich broke the exclusive story on the Internet.

The White House Counsel’s office identified Rice as the person responsible for the unmasking after examining Rice’s document log requests. The reports Rice requested to see are kept under tightly-controlled conditions. Each person must log her name before being granted access to them.”

The Cernovich revelation prompted National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster to promptly notify Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee.

The news of the Rice unmasking also revealed she was one of a few Obama officials authorized to request the process. Others included CIA Director John Brennan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Congressional investigators have also issued subpoenas to the NSA, CIA and FBI seeking “unmasking” information related to three individuals: Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.”

The Cernovich exclusive provided evidence that President Trump was correct when he claimed he’s been subjected to surveillance by the Obama administration.

Also revealed was that Maggie Haberman of the New York Times had the Rice unmasking information for at least 48 hours and sat on it before Cernovich scooped her and the entire mainstream media.

News of the postponement begs the question as to why the committee decided to do so. Some speculate committee staff may have uncovered additional information it would like to verify before putting Rice under oath.

Whatever the reason, it’s unlikely the public will find out, given the fact that the testimony will not be public and the committee has kept much of its work in the dark so far.

Source: Fox News, Medium

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