NEWSWATCH: “Susan Rice Keeps Her Mask On; The press corps buys her story that ‘unmasking’ was no big deal” – Wall Street Journal

File Photo of Susan Rice and Barack Hussein Obama in St. Petersburg Russia, with Mural of St. Petersburg Scene in Background, adapted from image at whitehouse.gov

“Susan Rice returned to the friendly confines of MSNBC … to respond to softball questions about the news that the #Obama national security adviser had ‘unmasked’ the identity of at least one member of the #Trump transition team … surveilled by U.S. #intelligence. … all the more imperative to hear her under oath before #Congress. … Rice didn’t deny that she had sought the name of a Trump transition official in intelligence reports … confirmation that … Obama’s confidante was receiving summaries of surveilled foreign officials that included references to, or conversations with, Donald Trump’s team. … why specifically did she need to see intel summaries dealing with Trump transition plans and policy intentions? … what was the context for seeking the name of any Trump official? Unmasking is typically the job of professional intelligence analysts …. Meanwhile, Democrats and the Beltway press are rallying to defend … Rice … claiming that it isn’t news for a senior White House official to unmask the name of a political opponent of an incoming Administration. … “

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