Reports are exploding that is was Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor to Barack Obama is responsible for the “unmasking” of people from the Trump campaign’s who were in contact with Russian officials. Right wing media is portraying her motives (assuming that it’s true) as political. Some are trying to make the giant leap despite denials by all the intelligence agencies that the Trump campaign was being surveilled.
There are those who point to the political climate at the time including the dismay over the fact Hillary lost the election. They overlook the fact that the climate included the knowledge that Russia had gone to great lengths to impact the Presidential election. There was already great concern (and many leads to suggest) that there was collusion with some Trump officials if not Trump himself. They also allege that Susan Rice disseminated widely the reports with the unmasked names and implied that she “leaked” the information which even they know not to be true.
Let’s pretend that everything they say is true. Imagine that Susan Rice was aware of the Trump campaign’s multiple relationships with Russia and made sure the world knew. That would make her a hero as opposed to someone conducting a political vendetta. We know that we never would have heard of any of the Russian relationships were it up to the Trump administration. The list of people within the campaign and administration that first denied and later admitted to secret meetings with Russians once exposed is long indeed. Mike Flynn, Carter Page, son-in-law Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions, Paul Manafort. We now learn of secret meetings the brother of Betsy DeVos, Trump contributor and consultant Erik Prince held with Russia and UAE representatives, days before the inauguration which of course Sean Spicer says, “The White House has no knowledge of.”
Thank God that someone left a trail of crumbs so that we can see the duplicity, corruption and possibly treason of this administration that we would otherwise not know of. If it’s you Susan Rice? Thank you!
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