The Susan Rice Diversion: Why Did So Many Trumpsters Get Caught on Incidental Diversion?
Here’s the thing: if Michael Flynn was talking to the Russian envoy the day Obama imposed sanctions for interfering in our elections telling him ‘Don’t worry about it. When we get in, we’ll make a deal’, I want to know about it.
If victim Flynn hadn't been 'unmasked' — would Trump had fired him? Would it be better to have 'masked' man Flynn running NSC?
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) April 3, 2017
The answer is clear. I’d rather not have people committing treason with impunity. If Flynn is on the phone five times the day the sanctions are imposed, I’m grateful to whoever or whatever made us aware of it.
I’m sorry but if you are caught abusing your child I’m not worried about the fact that we caught you in the act. Darn those whistleblowers. We should leave this guy to abuse his child in peace. We should leave the Trumpsters to commit treason with impunity.
“Ever since Devin Nunes’s mysterious announcement of supposed surveillance of Trump transition team members two weeks ago, the story has operated on two levels. The first is why Nunes behaved the way he did—with mysterious cloak-and-dagger maneuvers—and who he got his information from. It now appears that despite rushing to brief President Trump on his news, the GOP chairman of the House Intelligence Committee received his information from the White House in the first place.”
“The second, and more obscure, concerns the actual material that Nunes had. He was cagey about it, in part because it is apparently classified. He said that Trump transition team members were subject to “incidental collection,” which refers to U.S. persons being caught up in legal surveillance of foreign targets. There was no indication of illegality, but the names Americans who are incidentally collected are typically meant to be redacted, and Nunes said some names were possibly improperly revealed, or “unmasked,” by the Obama administration.”
Here’s the question: why are so many Trumpsters always getting caught on incidental collection? Again, we’re supposed to be outraged that Trump and his team can’t commit treason with impunity.
“Lake further reports that Rice’s pattern of requesting unmasking was discovered by Trump National Security Council staffer Ezra Cohen-Watnick, whom The New York Times reported last week was one of Nunes’s sources. Cohen-Watnick informed the White House Counsel’s office, Lake reports.”
“Cohen-Watnick again. Who H.R. McMasters wanted to fire-he’s a Flynn leftover. It seems to me, the worry is not Susan Rice asking for a name to be unmasked-she is legally allowed to do so as part of her job and may well have had good reason. It’s be interesting to see what the actual intercept was.”
If a US person-from the President-Elect’s team-is talking about something in conversation with foreigners being spied on, then that could be one reason to unmask them.
What is worrisome is not Susan Rice doing her job but Trump WH lawyers rifling through raw intelligence with a political agenda.
“One possibility is that Rice was acting in connection with a joint investigation into Russian meddling in the election. The government had already concluded, based on the assessments of multiple intelligence agencies, that Russia was meddling in the election. There were also ongoing investigations into potentially illegal behavior by Trump staffers. Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was reportedly already being examined for his contacts with Russia, as were other Trump aides, current and former. ”
“A second possibility is that it was simply the course of business to try to figure out what foreign governments were thinking. If foreign officials were seeking to shape U.S. policy or get a leg up, intercepts could have been useful to the national security adviser, and Rice might have wanted names unmasked to make those intercepts intelligible. It is still not clear whether Trump transition team officials were directly incidentally collected (i.e., they were in conversation with surveillance targets) or indirectly collected (i.e., they were mentioned during conversations between a third party and surveillance targets, and then masked).”
No matter what, I suspect that if we were to see the actual conversation unmasked by Rice it would be very embarrassing to Trump and friends which is why Devin Nunes wouldn’t release this info he claimed to vindicate him.
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