Amazingly, however, the American media is now generally quite uninterested in asking a similar question today, a question related to the revelation that President Barack Obama's national security advisor, Susan Rice (shown in center), asked for the "unmasking" of members of the Trump Transition Team who were surveilled by US government intelligence.
The White House never explained exactly why Trump tweeted what he did, but right-leaning news reports making that claim were brought to Trump's attention at the time, as previously reported by ABC News.
He continued,"It's such an important story for our country and the world".
ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and all of their friends in the print media - especially The New York Times and Washington Post - need to realize their partisanship and hatred for the president has clouded their judgment in what is now one of the biggest scandals in American history.
As Obama's UN Ambassador she worked closely with Hillary Clinton, but Susan Rice began her government career on the staff of Bill Clinton's National Security Council and later served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during Clinton's second term, where she oversaw Clinton's failed "pivot to Africa".
The intelligence reports in which members of the Trump transition were "unmasked" by Susan Rice involve personal details unrelated to national security, PPD has confirmed.
For doing this, Donald Trump should give Susan Rice the Presidential Medal of Freedom, OK? Congress also needs to determine why Rice made the requests, who else viewed the material, and why Rice found it was appropriate to disseminate the unmasked intelligence to other members of the Government if the reports had no intelligence value and she had no domestic law enforcement authority.
Trump also criticized media outlets, including The New York Times, for failing to adequately cover the Rice controversy - while singling out Fox News and the host Bill O'Reilly for praise, despite a Times report of several women who have accused O'Reilly of harassment.
"Absolutely false", Rice declared Tuesday. Trump said the following day that he believed Rice had committed a crime.
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Because of that, Axelrod said, "I think the national security adviser probably advised the President that things would go better if Mr. Bannon returns to a more appropriate role".
In response, Erin Pelton, a spokesperson for Rice, told CNN: "I'm not going to dignify the President's ludicrous charge with a comment". He viewed this evidence and revealed that it showed surveillance of candidate and President-elect Trump, but it had nothing to do with Russian Federation. Last month, he accused Obama of wiretapping his NY skyscraper and later said Obama had spied on his campaign. "If he has evidence that she committed a crime, he actually can show us what his evidence is".
Flynn's identity in transcripts of surveilled calls would likely not have been masked because as the national security adviser-designate, he would have been considered a high-level official who would not given the presumption of privacy. Americans deserve a credible accounting of the interference in last year's election, including all the people who might have been involved with it, he said. But, as we recently learned, some Trump folks were "incidentally" picked up during the foreign surveillance.
"Democrats would filibuster Ruth Bader Ginsburg if President Donald Trump nominated her", said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., naming one of the more liberal sitting justices. She would not say whether she asked for names to be unmasked, or whether she sought intelligence reports on Trump's associates. ABC News ran an interview with Rice and again never mentioned to the viewers that she said the opposite on a national news program just weeks ago.
Rice has denied that accusation, saying she did nothing improper and the Obama administration did not use intelligence to hurt Trump.
Since Donald Trump's stunning electoral victory last November, elements within the US intelligence community have used the mainstream media to run a disinformation campaign against the new administration, suggesting without evidence that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian intelligence to "hack" the presidential election, thus denying Hillary Clinton the presidency.
An FBI investigation and congressional probes into the Trump campaign and contacts with Russian Federation continue to shadow the administration, each new development a focus of White House press briefings and attention on Capitol Hill.
After retweeting an ally who claimed Rice's words were distorted, Rice wrote, "I said I did not know what reports Nunes was referring to when he spoke to the press".