April 19, 2017
THE "SCANDAL" WAS ALWAYS SELF-REFUTING:
THE CONTINUING FALLOUT FROM TRUMP AND NUNES'S FAKE SCANDAL (Ryan Lizza, April 18, 2017, The New Yorker)
It is now clear that the scandal was not Rice's normal review of the intelligence reports but the coördinated effort between the Trump Administration and Nunes to sift through classified information and computer logs that recorded Rice's unmasking requests, and then leak a highly misleading characterization of those documents, all in an apparent effort to turn Rice, a longtime target of Republicans, into the face of alleged spying against Trump. It was a series of lies to manufacture a fake scandal. Last week, CNN was the first to report that both Democrats and Republicans who reviewed the Nunes material at the N.S.A. said that the documents provided "no evidence that Obama Administration officials did anything unusual or illegal."I spoke to two intelligence sources, one who read the entire binder of intercepts and one who was briefed on their contents. "There's absolutely nothing there," one source said. The Trump names remain masked in the documents, and Rice would not have been able to know in all cases that she was asking the N.S.A. to unmask the names of Trump officials.
Consider that the Donald/Nunes position was that : one would only ask to see which Americans the Russians were corrupting because one would have to assume they were Trumpies. It's essentially a confession.
Posted by Orrin Judd at April 19, 2017 7:16 AM