Former national security adviser Susan Rice conducted unwarranted spying in an apparent attempt to influence last year’s election results, as sources have produced evidence that she frequently requested information from intelligence reports about individuals connected to the Trump Presidential campaign and transition team.
“Smoking gun found! Obama pal and noted dissembler Susan Rice said to have been spying on Trump campaign,” Sen. Rand Paul tweeted today in response to the startling allegations.
Bloomberg View reported that Rice was discovered by the National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick while he was conducting a review on the “unmasking” of U.S. individuals who are monitored incidentally. While conducting this review, Cohen-Watnick found that Rice had made an unusual amount of unmasking requests for individuals related to the Trump campaign and the Trump transition team.
The information was leaked anonymously to reporters by U.S. officials. One of them claimed that the reports contained important details like “valuable political information on the Trump transition such as whom the Trump team was meeting, the views of Trump associates on foreign policy matters and plans for the incoming administration”.
It remains to be seen how these allegations will impact current investigations taking place on Capitol Hill. A couple weeks back, FBI Director James Comey said that his organization is presently conducting an open investigation into collusion that may have occurred between the Trump campaign and Russian state officials to unduly influence last year’s election.
Around the same time that the Russian hacking investigation was announced, Trump claimed he was “wiretapped” at Trump Tower by the Obama administration in a controversial Tweet. Many detractors claimed that Trump made these remarks to shift the focus from his Russia connections, but these damning allegations about Rice suggest that Trump was not completely off-base with his surveillance concerns.