Oh, what a difference a few months can make.
In early March, President Trump tweeted that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in New York.
The mainstream media had a field day with this until more evidence progressively came out that supported Trump’s claims.
On April 3, a bombshell report from Bloomberg revealed that White House lawyers became aware that Susan Rice, the former national security adviser to Obama, was in fact responsible for unmasking the identities of U.S. persons associated with the Trump campaign.
As reported by Bloomberg politics:
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. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like “U.S. Person One.”
In February — just one month prior to the Bloomberg report — Rice was asked point-blank during an interview with “PBS NewsHour” whether or not president Trump’s claims about having his “wires tapped” were accurate.
“I know nothing about this,” adding, “I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that account today,” Rice said.
The tables have shifted dramatically since then. Trump’s claims went from baseless and unfounded to truthful and accurate over the course of a few months.
It was reported on Wednesday that Rice refused an invitation to testify before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee. The committee sought to give Rice the opportunity to discuss what she knew in relation to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and to further elaborate on whether or not she had any role in the “unmasking” of American citizens, particularly any associated with the Trump campaign.
Rice declined the opportunity to refute Trump’s claims, and that is very telling.
In typical Trump fashion, he sent out a few tweets Thursday morning following Rice’s decision not to testify.
Trump also took a few swings at the “fake news media” shortly after he called out Susan Rice.
The wiretapping saga is far from over, but one thing that has remained consistent: as more information is released, more people see that Trump’s claims may not have been as “baseless” as many once believed.
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