Unfortunately for the Democrats, the alleged Russian collusion narrative they’ve been pushing so far has turned out to shed some light on some of the nasty things the Obama administration did. For instance, the illegal unmasking of the names of President Trump officials.
Obtained by Christian News Alert:
Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice has refused to appear before a Senate subcommittee to give her testimony on what she knows about the unmaskings, according to Breitbart. Yet Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) refuses to give up, stating, “There are other ways to invite people other than via a letter. There are things called subpoenas. You shouldn’t have to use it with a former national security adviser, but if you do, you do.”
According to Fox News, “masking” is when an American’s name is included as part of intelligence operations on a foreign target. Automatically, intelligence officials are required to black out that name. But sometimes, if it’s determined to be relevant to the investigation or to understanding the report, that name can be requested and “unmasked.”
Susan Rice has been accused of improperly unmasking members of Trump’s team during the election last year, according to The Daily Caller. Initially, she denied any involvement saying, “I know nothing about this.” But as the investigation continued and evidence came to light, she admitted to requesting their names as part of an unmasking.
According to The Atlantic, Rice’s unmasking requests would not be considered illegal if there was a strong justification for it, such as threats to national security or if previous evidence of Russian collusion existed. But if no such threats are found, and the Russia collusion either didn’t exist at the time, or worse, is revealed to have been a hoax, the requests would be considered political espionage.
In other words, if there was no legitimate reason to request those names, then it was done solely for the purpose of gathering dirt on Trump and his team in order to influence the election against Trump. This is illegal.
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