When Doing Something Legal Is A Scandal

Ken AshfordElection 2016, L'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

So let’s recap two of Trump’s tweets this morning:

What is her referring to?  Well, it stems from something in Bloomberg:

White House lawyers last month discovered that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

….Rice’s requests to unmask the names of Trump transition officials does not vindicate Trump’s own tweets from March 4 in which he accused Obama of illegally tapping Trump Tower. There remains no evidence to support that claim….The standard for senior officials to learn the names of U.S. persons incidentally collected is that it must have some foreign intelligence value, a standard that can apply to almost anything. This suggests Rice’s unmasking requests were likely within the law.

Emphasis mine.

Yes. Susan Rice, the NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER requested unmasked intelligence.  She probably asked for unmasked security intelligence all the time, being the NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER and all. Did I mention she was NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER at the time, and that Russia had hacked the DNC and tried to sway the 2016 election?

Is this “evidence” that Trump’s team was surveilled, perhaps incidentally?  Yeah, maybe.  But given what we know AS FACT about Flynn, is Trump arguing that he SHOULDN’T have been surveilled?