On Fox & Friends, Judge Anthony Napolitano dropped the hammer on Barack Obama and Susan Rice. While he said that Rice could have been well within her rights as a national security advisor to ask that the names of Trump’s transition team be unmasked, if she revealed their identities for any purpose other than national security — it’s espionage!
Giving an example, this means if Gen. Michael Flynn was speaking to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and the conversation came up as part of surveillance because the government wat tracking Kislyak, Rice could access Flynn’s name.
“If she needs to know to whom the ambassador was speaking, in order to understand the conversation, she can do that,” said Napolitano. “Can she reveal the identity of the American for a purpose other than national security? Absolutely not.”
Further, if Rice had gotten the names and then said to President Barack Obama “by the way, guess what Trump and [Paul] Manafort were talking about last night,” that would be “espionage,” said Napolitano.
“That’s called the failure to safeguard top secret information,” he told the program. “The identity of Americans incidentally caught up is otherwise lawful surveillance is protected by the top secret protection, the highest level of classification of secret he is that we have.
Interestingly enough, the judge demonstrated how this is the same crime that Hillary is guilty of:
“This is the same crime that Hillary Clinton probably committed by her failure to safeguard top secret [information] when she was secretary of state.”
Finally, he brought it all back to Obama:
The FBI must examine the reports concerning Rice, and challenge her about why she needed the information about the Trump team, and what she did with it, Napolitano continued.
“It’s also hacking and it’s espionage, each time it’s done,” he said. “She only had one boss. She only reported to one person. We all know who that was. That was the president of the United States.”
Thie FBI isn’t the only party that needs to grill her on this; the Senate Intelligence Committee does, too! Rand Paul and others have already openly stated that Rice needs to testify under oath.
Finally, Napolitano stated the obvious and asked what the situation would look like if the shoe was on the other foot:
“Think about what happened,” he said. “The president of the United States and his national security adviser were obtaining transcripts of the president-elect and his potential national security adviser and other transcripts.
“Could you imagine if [President] George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice had done this to President-elect Obama? The political earthquake would still be palpable.”
This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks. Look for much more information to come out in the days and weeks ahead.
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