Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice is not about to let the Trump regime use her as a distraction from its own collusion with Russia. She sat down with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell and made clear that the accusations against her are “absolutely false.” (Video below.)
This week, Trump and his allies have attempted to use Rice to deflect attention from the mounting evidence suggesting collusion between President Donald Trump’s inner circle and Russian President Vladimir Putin, even accusing her of leaking Michael Flynn’s involvement with foreign governments.
Rice dismissed the absurd claim in no uncertain terms. “I leaked nothing to nobody, and I never would,” she said.
The Trump strategy had been to amplify leaked reports that Rice sought to unmask the identities of Trump confidantes who were mentioned in foreign surveillance intelligence reports. Never mind that these people are decrying leaks even as they use them or that there is absolutely no evidence of wrong doing by Rice. It hasn’t stopped them from declaring the unremarkable revelation to be a “smoking gun.”
It seemed to Rice that her accusers needed a lesson in how exactly the intelligence community operated so that they could understand that her actions were not only proper, it was her job.
“There were occasions when I would receive a report in which a U.S. person was referred to — name not provided, just U.S. person. And sometimes, in that context, in order to understand the importance of that report and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out or request who that U.S. official was,” Rice explained. “We only do it to protect the American people, to do our jobs in the national security realm.”
It would be truly sad if the inner circle of our Commander-in-Chief needs the basic mechanics of national security explained to them. While their incompetence is not to be understated, however, the truth is likely more unfortunate.
Trump’s attack on Rice seems to stem not from ignorance but from a desperate attempt to cover his own tracks. Rice is, at least today, the President’s scapegoat of choice.
The decision seems to be backfiring, because as she showed Andrea Mitchell in the video below, Susan Rice is not about to let him get away with it.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com