President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, allowed Susan Rice to keep her top-secret security clearance.
“I hereby waive the requirement that you must have a ‘need-to-know’ to access any classified information contained in items you ‘originated, reviewed, signed or received while serving,’ as National Security Adviser,” a letter sent to Rice’s home in April, and obtained by Circa read.
“NSC will continue to work with you to ensure the appropriate security clearance documentation remains on file to allow you access to classified information,” it continued.
Former NSA advisor Rice, and other top aides to former President Obama, have been named in the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation regarding the unmasking of Americans. A practice that spiked after President Trump won the Republican nomination for the presidency, Circa reported.
“Basically, this letter which was signed in the last week of April undercuts the president’s assertion that Susan Rice’s unmasking activity was inappropriate. In essence, anybody who committed a violation as she did would not be given access to classified information,” a senior West Wing official who was shown the letter, and verified its authenticity, told Circa. “In fact, they would have their security clearance and right to ‘need-to-know’ stripped.”
“The point is, is that it lowers the bar for her,” the official said.
“This memo McMaster sent to Rice makes it so that she doesn’t have to prove a continuing ‘need-to-know’ to have access to classified information and in effect is a White House pardon of Susan Rice and could be used by other Obama officials who conducted targeted unmasking of the campaign as a defense,” the official added.
Rice, herself, has been subpoenaed by the Intelligence Committee and has agreed to testify, which makes the letter more curious.
An intelligence official who spoke to Circa said “that the NSA decision to provide this level of access to the subject of several ongoing investigations and to waive her ‘need-to-know’ requirement raises serious legal, moral and ethical concerns.”
The news coincides with a former NSA official’s claims that McMaster is sabotaging the president’s foreign policy agenda.
And it has supporters of the president wondering if its time for McMaster to be fired — pronto.
— Lee Stranahan (@stranahan) August 3, 2017
— Dr. Marty Fox (@DrMartyFox) August 3, 2017
— Kevin W. (@kwilli1046) August 3, 2017
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) August 3, 2017
McMaster is an Islamist-sympathizer and a globalist. He has to go. The base has spoken. ?? https://t.co/0lITegYSkE
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 3, 2017
McMaster is still allowing Susan Rice access to classified info? What the heck is going on over there? https://t.co/646yJv6SLX
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) August 3, 2017
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