WASHINGTON – At the very least, Susan Rice lied about what she did, what she knew and when she knew it.
That is by her own admission.
The question is, how big a lie was it?
Speaking to MSNBC on Tuesday,
Barack Obama’s former national security adviser did not deny unmasking
the identities of the names of Donald Trump associates collected in
She implicitly acknowledged and explicitly defended unmasking (the
revealing of names within the intelligence community of U.S. citizens
gathered in foreign surveillance) by claiming: “It was not uncommon. It
was necessary at times to make those requests.”
But speaking to PBS on March 22,
Rice denied any knowledge of such unmasking after it was revealed by
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif.
She told PBS, “I know nothing about this,” and “I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.”
So, by her own admission, Rice was not telling the truth on March 22.
On Tuesday, Rice told MSNBC she did nothing inappropriate and she
sometimes sought the names of people in intelligence reports, as part of
But, if that was true, why did she not tell the truth to PBS on March 22?