HR McMaster Believes Susan Rice Did Nothing Wrong in Unmasking Requests

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 3, 2017

National security adviser H.R. McMaster pauses during a briefing at the White House in Washington on May 16.

McMaster's directive came in an undated, unclassified letter, sent to Rice's home in the last week of April. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has concluded that Rice did nothing wrong, according to two USA intelligence officials who spoke to me on condition of anonymity.

McMaster added that he would "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".

"[National Security Council] will continue to work with you to ensure the appropriate security clearance documentation remains on file to allow you access to classified information".

According to Circa, White House officials said that the scope of Rice's clearance went beyond what is proper, given the president's concerns that members of his team were unmasked by Rice.

Nearly one month after Lake broke that story, McMaster appears to have sent a letter to Rice informing her that she could maintain her security clearance, according to the conservative news outlet Circa, which obtained a copy of the letter.

"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 confirmed the authenticity of the letter, told Circa. "In fact, they would have their security clearance and right to "need-to-know" stripped".

"Of those requests, only one offered a justification that was not boilerplate and articulated why that specific official required the personal information for the performance of his or her official duties", according to Nunes.

McMaster gave Rice, who served as former President Barack Obama's national security adviser, "unfettered and continuing access to classified information", and waived her "need-to-know" requirement on any documents she viewed during her tenure, Circa reported Thursday.

What the hell is this?

Intelligence Committee and House Oversight Committee members have talked about the possibility of speaking with Ben Rhodes, the former National Security Council member; who is also known to have created a pro-Iran "echo chamber" in-house, to deliberately mislead the American people and the media about the widely acclaimed landmark nuclear deal with Iran. McMaster insults the president behind his back.

"The identities of USA persons may be released under two circumstances: 1) the identity is needed to make sense of the intercept; 2) if a crime is involved in the conversation", said Robert Deitz, a former senior counselor to the CIA director and former general counsel at the National Security Agency.

Why does H.R. McMaster still have a job? He holds a politics and economics from Hillsdale College.

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