Washington: Susan Rice, the former top Obama aide and his National Security Advisor is hogging limelight over the last few days. The 52-year old top American diplomat has faced many crisis situations in her professional career, but this is unlike any other previous challenges she has faced till now.
At one time, Rice was thought to be the best option for Secretary of State’s job. Nonetheless she withdrew following controversy related to the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Now she is hogging the limelight as there are allegations that she “unmasked” Trump officials. She has been denying the allegations and has said that neither she nor former President Barack Obama ordered wiretapping of the Trump Tower.
Rice is married to former ABC News executive producer Ian Officer Cameron who worked on some of the network’s top shows. Ian Officer Cameron married Susan Rice in the year 1992, some twenty five years ago. They met as students at Stanford. They have two children, Jake and Maris.
Rice’s husband was among the top executives of America’s leading television network ABC News. “Having successfully launched This Week with Christiane Amanpour and with the busy mid-term election behind us, I believe the end of this year is the right time for me to move on from ABC News. As many of you know working weekends for the past two years has been difficult for my family. They have been both supportive and enormously patient, but now it’s time for me to return to a more regular schedule” he tells in a letter to staff, while enumerating his success.
In the meantime, despite her denials in unmasking case, she is under pressure. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said, “If the reports are right, then she will be of interest to us”.
If that was not enough, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-SC) was more blunt. “When it comes to Susan E. Rice, you need to verify, not trust…I think every American should know whether or not the national security adviser to President Obama was involved in unmasking Trump transition figures for political purposes”, Blunt said.
In just 13 days, Susan Rice went from "know[ing] nothing" about Trump surveillance to swearing it was all proper. https://t.co/WEVAUKE9m9
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