As the saying goes (or should go) incidental collection my butt! Yesterday we learned that former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice was the high level intelligence who unmasked the names of the Trump team and other civilians for over a year before he because president. Today’s revelation is that she ordered the U.S. intelligence agencies to create detailed spreadsheets about those legal team Trump phone calls.
The Daily Caller reports:
Former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce ‘detailed spreadsheets’ of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova.
“What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals,” diGenova told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group Monday.
“The overheard conversations involved no illegal activity by anybody of the Trump associates, or anyone they were speaking with,” diGenova said. “In short, the only apparent illegal activity was the unmasking of the people in the calls.”
Other knowledgeable official sources with direct knowledge and who requested anonymity confirmed to TheDCNF diGenova’s description of surveillance reports Rice ordered one year before the 2016 presidential election.
The demand of a spreadsheet takes away any illusion that the unmasking was anything but an attempt to monitor the opposition. That is not just immoral but it is illegal. While it might be legal to collect the phone call information that involved foreign diplomats, that information is classified. The unmasking of the names for political purposes and leaking them to the press is illegal.
Michael Doran, former NSC senior director told the Daily Caller:
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