WASHINGTON, D.C. — Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor to the Obama administration, is expected to face tough questions as she testifies on Tuesday before the Republican-led House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Rice, who’s been accused of ordering the “unmasking” the names of Trump associates documented in intelligence reports, is expected to address the allegations against her as she testifies before the closed door hearing.
The hearing is just one of many underway as investigators seek to uncover what, if any, interference was caused by Democrats or Republicans in regard to the results of the 2016 presidential election.
Advocates for the Trump administration claim that Rice may have committed a crime by asking government analysts to disclose the names of his associates while surveilling the then Republican presidential candidate in 2016.
Rice, however, has hinted that she is being targeted based upon her gender and her race.
“Why me? Why not Jay Carney, for example, who was then our press secretary, who stood up more?” Rice said in an interview with Michael Tomasky for New York Magazine (http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/06/susan-rice-on-trump.html). “I don’t know… I do not leap to the simple explanation that it’s only about race and gender. I’m trying to keep my theories to myself until I’m ready to come out with them. It’s not because I don’t have any.”
Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan told Fox News his questions for Rice will be cut and dry: “Did you unmask the names and if so why?”
“The American people want to get the truth on all of these issues,” said Jordan (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/17/susan-rice-set-to-face-capitol-hill-questions-on-alleged-trump-team-unmasking.html) “…on what Susan Rice may or may not have done.”
“We know what James Comey did because he testified to it, and we know he he leaked a memo through a friend to the New York Times with the stated objective of getting momentum to get a special counsel,” Jordan added. “So I think all this needs to be looked at so the American public can get the truth,” Jordan concluded.
In response to an April 4, 2017 Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch which called for “any and all requests for information, analyses, summaries, assessments, transcripts, or similar records submitted to any intelligence community member agency or any official, employee, or representative thereof” relating to the matter, Judicial Watch reported (http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-obama-nsc-advisor-susan-rices-unmasking-material-obama-library) a response on May 23, 2017 by NSC Access Management Director John Powers which read:
“Documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library. You may send your request to the Obama Library. However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.”
When reached for comment, a spokesperson for former president Barack Obama, refused to comment on the ongoing controversy.