Journalist and filmmaker Mike Cernovich on Sunday named Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice as the official responsible for the ‘unmasking’ of the incoming Trump team during ‘incidental’ surveillance. The New York Times sat on the story for up to 48 hours before Cernovich got a hold of it and ran it.
According to the Daily Caller, Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce detailed spread sheets of intercepted phone calls between Trump team members in perfectly legal conversations with individuals.
This marks the first scandal of Obama’s presidency.
Rice was discovered after the White House Counsel reviewed document log requests, which are kept under tight security. A person must be authorized and sign for access to be granted. There were only three people authorized: Former CIA Director John Brennan, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
Upon discovery, National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster immediately dispatched Derek Harvey to Capitol Hill to brief Chairman Devin Nunes.
Today, Rice claimed she had their identities unmasked for “national security” reasons.
The background on this story is where it gets interesting. Last week, Reince Priebus fired Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh. The story was Priebus thought she was the perfect fit to work with the outside group “America First Policies” to help with Trump’s agenda and favored causes.
According to Cernovich, Priebus fired Walsh for leaking the information to Maggie Haberman at the New York Times. Walsh and Haberman are good friends. Haberman is the journalist who sat on the story at the Times because she didn’t want to hurt the Obama administration by publishing it. Reince Priebus is somehow caught up in this web and it appears he might have some explaining to do.
Michael Doran, former NSC senior director, told the Daily Caller Monday that “somebody blew a hole in the wall between national security secrets and partisan politics.” This “was a stream of information that was supposed to be hermetically sealed from politics and the Obama administration found a way to blow a hole in that wall.”