FLASHBACK: Rice Said in March, ‘I Know Nothing’ About Trump Officials Being Unmasked

On Monday, a bombshell report revealed that White House lawyers became aware last month that Susan Rice, the former national security adviser to Obama, was the individual responsible for “unmasking” Trump campaign and transition associates.

As reported by Bloomberg:

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.’

Bloomberg reports that two U.S. officials spoke to them on the condition on anonymity, where they admitted that the National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, oversaw the review of Trump associates involved with the Trump campaign and transition.

In February, Cohen-Watnick first became aware that Rice attempted to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports on multiple occasions that related to Trump’s team.

After he became aware of what was going on, Cohen-Watnick then spoke with the White House General Counsel’s office on what was happening. Bloomberg reports that the General Counsel’s Office told him to “end his own research into the unmasking policy.”

The situation takes a major turn when we flashback one month to an interview Susan Rice gave to PBS.

When Judy Woodruff asked Rice on “PBS NewsHour” on March 22 about Rep. Nunes’ claims, Rice denied having any knowledge of the intelligence community “unmasking” anyone associated with the Trump campaign and transition.

“I know nothing about this,” Rice responded at the time. “I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.”

“So, today, I really don’t know to what Chairman Nunes was referring, but he said that whatever he was referring to was a legal, lawful surveillance, and that it was potentially incidental collection on American citizens,” added Rice.

Here is the video of Rice denying that she had any knowledge or involvement:

Last week, Rep. Devin Nunes reported that he reviewed documents at the White House that were “very concerning,” which leads us to believe today that Nunes reviewed documents showing Rice was involved in the “unmasking.”

“What I’ve read seems to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps legal, but I don’t know that it’s right and I don’t know if the American people would be comfortable with what I’ve read,” Nunes said.

In the coming weeks, the House Intelligence Committee is expected receive the top-secret documents in order to determine whether or not private communications of Trump and his transition team were improperly gathered and “unmasked” under the Obama administration.

Trump’s accusations two months ago about having his “wires tapped” have gone from being an unfounded conspiracy theory to a scary reality proving that our government has the ability to infringe on our civil liberties at will.

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If Congress Doesn’t Act On Internet Sales Tax, Gorusch And The Courts Will

Amazon was the first to fall, charging sales taxes nationally on Internet purchases. But it’s going to come everywhere as soon as the courts get their hands on the issue, unless Congress acts fast.

The limits on sales taxes these days all derive from one Supreme Court case: Quill Corp. v. North Dakota. Tax and spend politicians have been straining against the case ever since that 1992 decision.

They haven’t had much luck yet over the last 25 years, but times are changing. The makeup of the court is different and it seems likely that one of the concurrences of Quill, Justice Anthony Kennedy, is likely to flip next time around. So the states are seeking to get into the courts with the intent of getting a test case to overturn Quill.

That takes us to the question of Neil Gorusch, Donald Trump’s newest nominee to the Supreme Court. Gorusch worked with Kennedy as a clerk, and some say he sounds likely to join Kennedy in overturning Quill. If the left wing of the court swings toward higher taxes, then Quill is toast.

The only way to stop runaway states is, as the late Antonin Scalia pointed out, for the US Congress to step in and control the way state sales taxes work with online purchases. Bill have been introduced for years, some of them good, others bad, all designed to answer this question.

Until now they’ve punted. But the Quill doctrine is under threat like never before, threatening to open up Internet purchases to all sorts of crazy state taxes, passed by and for cronies. Relying on the whims of the courts is not good enough. It’s time to take control of Interstate commerce and keep it open, like the framers intended.

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