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CNN Refuses to Acknowledge Rice Controversy

CNN Refuses to Acknowledge Rice Controversy
April 10
10:45 2017

(PersonalLiberty) – Reports this week that Obama administration National Security Advisor Susan Rice may have had a hand in “unmasking” members of President Donald Trump’s campaign team in classified documents exploded this week. Despite the reports being taken seriously by members of Congress, multiple news outlets and the president, CNN says there’s nothing to report.

Fox News on Monday reported:

Multiple sources tell Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance.

The unmasked names, of people associated with Donald Trump, were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan – essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes.

The names were part of incidental electronic surveillance of candidate and President-elect Trump and people close to him, including family members, for up to a year before he took office.

It was not clear how Rice knew to ask for the names to be unmasked, but the question was being posed by the sources late Monday.

A version of the story, including references from multiple sources, also appeared in the national security section of Bloomberg View.

Rice has since admitted that surveillance of Trump officials was ongoing, but continues to deny being the source of intelligence leaks.

Despite her denials, lawmakers like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have called for Rice to testify under oath about her potential involvement in the leaks.

“I don’t think we should discount how big a deal it was that Susan Rice was looking at these, and she needs to be asked, did President Obama ask her to do this? Was this a directive from President Obama?” Paul told reporters Monday.

He added: “I think they were illegally basically using an espionage tool to eavesdrop or wiretap — if you want to use the word generally — on the Trump campaign.”

The whole thing is pretty newsworthy, at least according to all of the major Washington newspapers, The New York Times, The Atlantic and hundreds of smaller outlets.

But over at CNN, there’s nothing to see.

On Monday night, CNN talking head Don Lemon announced to viewers that the allegations against Rice are simply part of “a “fake scandal ginned up by right-wing media and Trump.”

Thus, Lemon said, he wouldn’t lend credence to the claims with news coverage during “CNN Tonight.” He told viewers: “Let us be very clear about this. There is no evidence whatsoever that the Trump team was spied on illegally. There is no evidence that backs up the president’s original claim … We will not insult your intelligence by pretending otherwise, nor will we aid and abet the people who are trying to misinform you, the American people, by creating a diversion.”

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