Like a can of worms busted open, within the overarching Trump-Russia saga, Bloomberg reported “[f]ormer National Security Adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of US persons in raw-intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign.” As Team Trump members’ identities known, somebody took the liberty of illegally disclosing those names to the media. The questionable situation required attention, but both ABC and NBC opted to dismiss it entirely while CBS seemingly had Rice’s back.
“We learned more today about the president’s allegation that he and his aides were caught up in Obama-era surveillance,” CBS Evening News Anchor Scott Pelley said as he handed it over to reporter Margaret Brennan. However, Pelley steered clear of left-supported bias. Rather than using “baseless” to label Trump’s accusations, Pelley stayed in the middle—re: said claims were “allegations.” He used “Obama-era surveillance” in reference to the situation—a seemingly change of tune from his prior repertoire.
Brennan picked up the story simultaneously back Rice: “Well, Scott, as national security adviser to the president, Susan Rice could and did request the names of individuals who were picked up during legal surveillance of foreign nationals.” Brennan went on to mention sources who ultimately supported Rice’s actions:
[Video: courtesy of CBS via MRC TV]
However, Fox News’s Special Report offered something not necessarily adhering to Brennan’s version…more so pontificating on Rice’s disclosure actions.
“The surveillance of people close to President Trump, possibly the president himself, now has a name and a face attached to it. And it’s one you’ve seen in major scandals before,” fill-in host James Rosen said in the introduction.
“Two weeks ago, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee announced to the press and President [Trump] he had uncovered a disturbing trend of intelligence collection on Trump officials—some of which was made public,” Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts explained. “Today, we learn more about the ‘how’ and ‘who’ of what’s going on.”
Fox News’s journo stressed in terms of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’s comments entailing Trump aides being discovered in an incidental fashion, Rice was apparently in the dark. “I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today,” Rice said on PBS NewsHour’s March 22nd edition. That whole claim has been discovered to be false—not unlike her dishonesty regarding the cause of incident in Benghazi.
However, the Big Three media entities ignored it on top of other things. On March 3rd’s White House media junket, Press Secretary Sean Spicer even professionally scolded them for dismissing it all. “I think that it is interesting the level or lack of interest that I’ve seen in these developments when it goes in one direction,” he stated, referring to the media impulsively pointing at NSC Director Ezra Cohen-Watnik being Nunes’s intelligence source. Actually, facts prove Cohen-Watnik was the man who learned of Rice’s directive when reviewing the disclosure—double standards…
Check out these contextual transcripts:
CBS Evening News
April 3, 2017
6:35:28 PM Eastern
“SCOTT PELLEY: Margaret, we learned more today about the President’s allegation that he and his aides were caught up in Obama-era surveillance. What did you find out today?
MARGARET BRENNAN: Well, Scott, as national security adviser to the president, Susan Rice could and did request the names of individuals who were picked up during legal surveillance of foreign nationals. Now, according to a former national security official, Trump associates were not the sole focus of Rice’s request, but they may have been revealed when she asked to understand why they were appearing in intelligence reports. However, Rice did not spread the information according to this former official, who insisted that there was nothing improper or political involved.
PELLEY: Margaret Brennan at the White House. Margaret, thank you.”
Fox News Channel
April 3, 2017
6:00:15 PM Eastern
“JAMES ROSEN: The surveillance of people close to President Trump, possibly the President himself, now has a name and a face attached to it. And it’s one you’ve seen in major scandals before. This is ‘Special Report.’
ROSEN: Good evening, I am James Rosen sitting in for Bret Baier. Fox News has confirmed that President Obama’s national security advisor secretly ordered the intelligence community to reveal to her the names of people close to President Trump who had been swept up in US surveillance on foreign targets and referenced only by code in classified intelligence reports.
ROSEN: We begin with Chief White house Correspondent John Roberts and a familiar name from the Obama administration surfacing in yet another scandal. Good evening, John.
JOHN ROBERTS: James, good evening. Two weeks ago, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee announced to the press and president he had uncovered a disturbing trend of intelligence collection on Trump officials—some of which was made public. Others remain known to administration officials. Today we learn more about the ‘how’ and ‘who’ of what’s going on.
[Cuts to video]
Multiple sources tell Fox News that President Obama’s national security advisor Susan Rice was the one who requested the names of Trump officials be unmasked in the intelligence reports that were collected during the campaign and transition. The White House, which has access to intelligence logs that allegedly show Rice was behind the unmasking, was playing coy today.
Does this White House look at what she allegedly requested as a national-security issue or political issue?
SEAN SPICER: Well, that’s a nice back door into a line of questioning. I think until there is a finding of that, I don’t want to start getting into motives because we still haven’t—I mean, me getting to the motives assumes certain things in fact that I don’t think we are ready to go to yet.
ROBERTS: Senator Rand Paul, today, described the revolution as, quote ‘A smoking gun.’ In a Tweet, writing: ‘Smoking gun found! Obama pal and noted dissembler Susan Rice said to have been spying on Trump campaign.’ There is no suggestion that what Rice allegedly requested was illegal. As the president’s point person on national security, she had the authority. But in a recent television appearance, she claimed no knowledge of it.”
“ROBERTS: In its closing days, the Obama administration scrambled to preserve as much intelligence it could about Russia and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Former Obama Administration Official Evelyn Farkas appeared to acknowledge Trump officials had been the subject of surveillance.
EVELYN FARKAS: Get as much as you can before President Obama leaves the administration, because I had a fear somehow that information would disappear.
ROBERTS: The extent of the unmasking became apparent when NSC Director Ezra Cohen-Watnik conducted a review of unmasking policy. Sources say he came across many instances where the names of Trump officials had been revealed. He brought that information to the White House counsel, who told him to suspend the review. Cohen-Watnik was suspect of an intense, media coverage when he was mistakenly identified as one of House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes’s sources. Today, Press Secretary [Spicer] wondered why the Rice Revelations weren’t drawing the same attention.
SPICER: I think that it is interesting the level or lack of interest that I’ve seen in these developments when it goes in one direction.
[Cuts back to live]
ROBERTS: While this new information adds another layer of intrigue to everything that went on during the campaign, it still seemed to fall short of proving the president’s claim back on March 4th that he was being quote ‘wiretapped’ by President Obama. James.”