Another reason why Susan Rice may have decided it was not in her best interest to comply with an invitation by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism to testify regarding her unmasking and campaign espionage activities has just come to light. Two of the committee members who would be doing the questioning, Senator Ted Cruz and its chairman, Senator Lindsey Graham, were also presidential candidates and may have been targeted by Rice’s misdeeds.
She might have found it difficult to answer a simple, direct question such as “What about my conduct or background led you to believe that it was in the national interest to spy on a sitting US Senator?” Questions as to what was done with the information gathered and who it was shared with and for what reasons could also prove tricky for the deception-prone former National Security Adviser.
On Friday another Senator who was also a 2016 presidential candidate, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, revealed that he has been told by multiple sources that his campaign was spied upon by the Obama regime. Though Paul is not a member of the subcommittee which would be hearing her testimony, his name and circumstances, in addition to their own, would certainly come up in the questioning by the others.
Senator Paul told Breitbart News, “We’ve had several people come to us and say that it happened. I don’t have access to that information, but I’ve been very concerned that too many Americans’ information is being culled through without a warrant. I don’t have any facts to say it happened, but numerous sources are coming to us saying it did happen so I want to search through, find out why I wasn’t notified. Was it on purpose?
He added, “There’s a lot of things to be found out, particularly since we found out that Susan Rice was unmasking people and we need to know was there a political motivation, because one of the real dangers in a free society is if government gets so powerful it’s listening to all of our phone calls, the possibility of extortion, the possibility of blackmail — all of that goes up exponentially.”
Earlier Friday, Senator Paul revealed that he had made a request of the White House and the intelligence community for an answer as to whether or not he was surveilled by either the Obama. Paul tweeted, “I have formally requested from the WH and the Intel Committees info on whether I was surveilled by Obama admin and or the Intel community!”
Paul stated that his letter to President Trump, dated April 10, asked that the administration “promptly investigate” whether his name or those of other members of Congress, their staffers or members of their campaigns were included in queries or searches of databases by the intelligence agencies. He also sought to find out if their identities had been unmasked and made part of any intelligence reports or products.
In a Friday speech at the CATO Institute, Senator Paul stated that he would be sending another letter that morning. He said, “We have several sources telling us that members of the Obama administration were looking at politicians, particularly who were running for office.”
Senator Paul made the point that he never received a “Gates notification,” which is supposed to be sent to members of Congress if their identity is revealed in an NSA intercept. He is asking in the new letter specifically if there was a Gates notification for him.
Other people have made mention to Paul of “specific aspects of a private conversation” he had with Obama. He asked, “How’s anybody know that? How did General Flynn’s conversation get reported? They keep using the word incidental. Don’t let that let your guard down. There’s a million Americans having their phone calls recorded incidentally. It’s not just a no big deal to have your phone call recorded.”
“Particularly if someone in the intelligence community uses the media to destroy you…As an American citizen, I’m horrified that his private conversation was leaked. Does the president not have any privacy in who he talks to?”
“This is very, very worrisome, and what we’ve allowed to happen.”
Paul told Breitbart, “I think it’s especially egregious if it’s happening to another branch of government, that one branch of government is spying on the other branch of government and you don’t really have checks and balances.”
He stated, “I can’t for the life of me think of any reason why I would be part of an investigation. And it also goes further to prove that maybe we have an intelligence community run amok if they’re looking at political figures, because I had nothing to do with any of the other things.”
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