A Scandal So Great It Has No Name
Former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova gave our friend Ginni Thomas a must-read interview for her video column posted over the weekend on The Daily Caller.
The prosecutor turned commentator said we have extraordinary evidence of Obama’s politicization of government intelligence that is supposed to be singularly focused on keeping Americans safe.
The newest revelations of just how extensive Obama’s politicization and weaponization of America’s intelligence leaves diGenova startled. Democrats and some in the press and intelligence community have tried political machinations about phony Russian entanglements by Trump, and diGenova says this is a “political fight to destabilize the Trump presidency to bring his negatives up and try to delegitimize him.”
The former federal prosecutor told Mrs. Thomas that the unmasking by Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, John Brennan and Obama and leaking of this private and intrusive information should be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted.
In the interview diGenova called for a federal grand jury to reveal the truth, the leakers and the abuse of power. Otherwise, he says, America is careening towards the KGB and Russian intelligence model where opponents of the state found themselves monitored because of their political views.
This last point is particularly important as one of the principle actors in what is easily one of the greatest government scandals in US history continues to try to spin her way out of her role in this vast Obama-era violation of the Constitution.
Earlier this month, President Trump said Rice may have committed a crime by trying to learn the identities of Americans associated with the president caught up in intercepted communications related to Russia.
The pattern of Rice’s requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government’s policy on unmasking the identities of “individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally,” according to Bloomberg’s Eli Lake.
That prompted some Republicans to call for an investigation of Obama’s former National Security Advisor Susan Rice for “abuse of power.”
Sunday, one of the central figures in this scandal, Rice, appeared on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”
In Rice’s interview with acknowledged plagiarist Zakaria, Rice said Trump’s accusation that the investigation, monitoring and unmasking of innocent Americans is “absolutely false” and that members of Congress have not found anything inappropriate in the situation.
Rice denied President Donald Trump’s claim that she “unmasked” Americans in a plot to destroy the reputations of Trump campaign officials, adding that she never did anything “untoward with respect to the intelligence” she received.
Rice went on to claim – somewhat prematurely – that a Congressional investigation that is just now getting started has found nothing wrong with her conduct.
The Left has been on a well-coordinated campaign to bolster Rice’s credibility, with her former deputy Ben Rhodes calling charges by Republicans that she spied on Donald Trump and his staff “a wild goose chase,” for which they should apologize.
To diGenova this is symptomatic of why a grand jury for the case is so desperately needed; outlets like CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN were “so drunk with adulation that they abdicated their responsibilities” to seek the truth about what was going on in the Obama-era misuse of national security investigatory power and tools.
The press missed Obama’s lack of transparency and lies. He thinks the public took note, starting to rally to those the media clearly despised. To diGenova, the mainstream press became “bootlicks,” and are unworthy of the time-honored First Amendment.
To us diGenova’s must-watch interview with Ginni Thomas give all the justification necessary for the Justice Department to move forward with an investigation of Susan Rice and her operation at the White House. We urge Attorney General Jeff Sessions to keep the investigation moving forward and, when it has matured, to convene a grand jury as Joe diGenova suggests.
Click here to watch Ginni Thomas’ interview with former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova in its entirely.