Nobody can forget the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya in 2012. This incident had brought Susan E. Rice into a controversial limelight. She was severely criticized for her statements at that time. Well, Susan has returned and is once again found herself being questioned for handling intelligence involving the associates of President Trump. Ms. Rice has previously served as national security adviser to President Obama.
Susan Rice defends herself
So what is the controversy surrounding Susan E. Rice? It has much to do with Russian involvement in the 2016 elections. The democrats think of Rice as a scapegoat who served as a distraction in an FBI investigation into Trump’s associates. The republicans on the other hand believe her to be a partisan. They are of the opinion that Rice dug out investigation reports for spying on Trump’s team.
In her defense, Ms. Rice was reported saying that for some reason there has been a false allegation about officials from the Obama administrations utilizing intelligence for the purpose of politics. Further she said that she may have inquired about some names of citizens whose identities were changed in the intelligence briefings. This was done to get a better understanding of the context of what was being told. She strongly emphasized that the idea behind this inquiry was to do her job and had nothing to do with any political agendas or for spying or exposing.
Trump feels targeted
Republicans, supporting Trump, have put forth an argument that the “true story”, as narrated by President Trump, is not about the F.B.I investigation into connections between Russia and his associates, rather it is about the behavior of the officials in the Obama administration. According to Trump, he has been the victim of a nasty scheme, devised by the Obama team.
In reality, top government officials such as the national security adviser, have the right to get names disclosed from intelligence agencies. This process is also termed as ‘unmasking’. Upon agreement, the briefer from the intelligence agencies discloses the required identities orally.
With this knowledge in hand, earlier national security officials argue that Susan Rice did not violate any legal rules in getting information about Trump’s associates that were referred to in the briefing reports provided to her in 2016.