Ingraham: “Highly unusual” for Rice to unmask individuals
Laura Ingraham said on “Special Report with Bret Baier” Tuesday that an intelligence source told her “it would be highly unusual for a political person at the National Security Council to request the unmasking of individuals in these types of reports.” Multiple sources have told Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance.
“Usually this type of information is pursued by the investigative body,” added Ingraham. “It’s not by the political apparatus of the president and then if it looks like what happened that these reports were widely then distributed to underlings including unmasked names there’s really no reason to ever do that except for a political reason.”
The unmasked names of people associated with Donald Trump were sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan – essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes.
“I presume there was no imminent threat of a terrorist attack in the United States and if that had been the case then she would then have given that information to the investigative bodies that would have been in charge of dealing with that but that’s not what Susan Rice seems to have done,” continued Ingraham. “At the very least she has a lot of questions to answer.”