‘I do know nothing about this.” That’s how Susan Rice, President Obama’s nationwide safety adviser, responded when requested on PBS’s NewsHour in March 2017 “whether or not Trump transition officers, together with the President, could have been swept up in surveillance of foreigners on the finish of the Obama administration?”
Now we all know that denial wasn’t true. The proof comes from her personal hand. In her final minutes in authorities, on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, she despatched herself an e mail to memorialize an Oval Workplace assembly two weeks earlier. Its attendees included Barack Obama, Joe Biden, FBI Director James Comey, Appearing Lawyer Common Sally Yates and herself. A newly declassified paragraph from that e mail quotes Mr. Comey speaking in regards to the monitoring of Trump adviser Michael Flynn’s conversations with then Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
The timing of that assembly is illuminating. The day earlier than, Jan. 4, 2017, inside FBI paperwork present the bureau was planning to shut its investigation into Mr. Flynn’s ties to Russia as a result of brokers had discovered no proof of wrongdoing.
The day after, on Jan. 6, Mr. Comey gave his now infamous briefing to President-elect Trump. He talked about the lurid claims from the Steele file. However, extremely, Mr. Comey didn’t inform the incoming President the considerations he had expressed the day earlier than to President Obama in regards to the hazard of Mr. Flynn’s passing categorized data to the Russians. Little question that’s as a result of he needed to maintain from Mr. Trump that the FBI was investigating his crew.
The bigger fact right here is now simple: The Obama Administration spied on the political competitors, it continued that spying even after Mr. Trump was elected, after which it tried to cowl up what it had accomplished. If Mr. Trump had accomplished something remotely comparable, people can be calling to carry again the guillotine.
Right this moment U.S. Lawyer John Durham is overseeing a felony investigation of the investigators, and maybe there shall be indictments. However even after separate Home and Senate inquiries, a virtually two-year investigation by Inspector Common Michael Horowitz and the brand new proof unearthed by Justice in its reexamination of its prosecution of Mr. Flynn, the American individuals nonetheless lack what they most want: a full clarification of who did what and why.
Which brings us again to Ms. Rice’s running-out-the-door e mail. Ms. Rice now says she wrote it on the route of White Home counsel. Actually that will make sense if the aim was to insulate Mr. Obama, and her e mail says the President needed all the pieces accomplished “by the guide.” Which is what you write, two weeks after the occasion, if you wish to shield your boss from future investigators.
The Administration knew President Trump would in the end uncover that his crew had been spied on. As former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy has famous, the likeliest clarification for Ms. Rice’s memo was to have on the file a observe that will “shift duty from President Obama to FBI Director Comey for the pursuit of the Trump-Russia probe.”
Ms. Rice now desires the Trump Administration to launch the Flynn-Kislyak transcripts, which she says will vindicate the Obama crew’s considerations about Mr. Flynn. By all means, let’s see these transcripts and extra. We now know the Obama Administration used intelligence and legislation enforcement to go after the political opposition. We will additionally see that they’re nonetheless now working additional time to maintain the American individuals from attending to the complete fact.