Who is Susan Rice? The question is on the lips of almost everyone. People are wondering if the top Obama hand actually had ordered spying on trump advisers.
President Donald Trump has claimed that his offices and residences were wiretapped by Obama administration. He has gone on to claim that it was the former President Barack Obama, who had himself ordered Trump Towers’ wiretapping.
While all such allegations have been denied by the present FBI and CIA officials, Trump is stubborn about it. There are others too who claim that the new and newer revelations about Trump team’s ‘close’ relationship with Russia are being revealed slowly to destroy Trump ‘credibility’ and impeach him in the coming days.
Now 52-year old Susan Rice has come forward and publicly denied such allegations. President Obama’s former National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, has flatly denied she or Mr Obama used intelligence for political purposes. She said that she is not behind unmasking of Trump aides.
While emphasizing her point clearly, Rice said, “I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would”. In the meantime Susan Rice actually did not say whether she had viewed intelligence reports involving Trump and his aides, citing classified information.
There is some confusion in this regard. A report in The Hill says, “Some have interpreted media reports by The New York Times as suggesting that the surveillance (if any) was actually authorized by Executive Order 12333, which governs surveillance of foreign nationals overseas. Congressman Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, confused the matter even further by seemingly disclosing to the public that he had been provided classified intelligence reports indicating that there was at least one (if not multiple) FISA warrants that had authorized the surveillance in which = Trump and/or his associates had been caught up incidentally”.
The issue is being exploited by the right wing media in the US to suggest that the establishment and the mainstream media are trying to undermine Trump administration. There is no denying that some people are buying the argument. But the basic issue remains the same. Russian interference in the US matter will never be taken lightly by the US intelligence, judiciary and the Pentagon, no matter who occupies the White House.