Ben Rhodes, the longtime aide to former President Barack Obama who once bragged he didn’t “know anymore where I begin and Obama ends,” is the new focus of a House probe examining whether Obama staffers improperly requested the identities of American citizens during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes wrote to National Security Agency head Adm. Michael Rogers on Aug. 1 requesting “the total number of unmasking requests made by” Rhodes in the 13 months preceding President Trump’s inauguration. “Unmasking” refers to the formal request to identify Americans in an intelligence document.
Nunes’ letter – showing a lighter touch than displayed by the subpoenas issued recently by the Intelligence Committee to other Obama officials – asked for the documents by Aug. 21.
Rhodes, who is active on Twitter with mostly anti-Trump posts, hasn’t yet commented on the committee letter or whether he made such unmasking requests.
An Obama foreign policy speechwriter who became an adviser and later emerged as the key force behind creating a self-proclaimed Iran nuke deal “echo chamber” to push the controversial agreement across the finish line, Rhodes freely boasted about his success spinning information to reporters in a controversial New York Times Magazine article.
He was also known for his access to the former president. Dubbed “Obama’s foreign policy whisperer” by The Washington Post, Rhodes is the newest ex-Obama team member to have his name emerge in the slow-developing unmasking investigation.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, ex-National Security Adviser Susan Rice and former CIA Director John Brennan previously had been named in requests from the House Committee. Brennan and Rice have admitted to issuing unmasking requests, but said the asks occurred only as part of their official duties. Power and Rhodes both would have had legal authority to unmask U.S. citizens; however, Nunes is looking into whether those requests were abused or politically motivated.
He added that one unidentified official had made “hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama Administration” and only one of those requests “offered a justification that was not boilerplate and articulated why” the identity of the person was needed.
Nunes’ letter appeared to reference Power as the anonymous official. Power’s attorney denied she leaked classified information but didn’t address the larger issues in Nunes’ letter.
Frank Gaffney: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Has Been ‘Obstructing Justice’ in Democrat IT Scandal with ‘Possible Counterintelligence Implications’
2 Aug 2017 by John Hayward
Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney and SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam took a look on Wednesday’s Breitbart News Daily at the scandal swirling around former Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the shadowy computer firm she employed.
“I’m very heartened to hear that Congressman Ron DeSantis of Florida, the chairman of the National Security subcommittee of the Oversight Committee in the House of Representatives, is taking the bit in his teeth on this,” said Gaffney, referring to Rep. DeSantis’s call for a full investigation.
“I think the House leadership has been derelict in the extreme not to do so before now. Partly that’s been enabled by the press, but let’s face it: the press would probably cover it if there were an active congressional investigation going on,” Gaffney said.
“I think DeSantis is right when he says this is one of the most important congressional scandals of all time. Unfortunately, it’s not just Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” he noted.
Gaffney chided Wasserman Schultz as “a sort of iconic figure when it comes to bad IT hygiene,” pointing to the information security “meltdown” at the DNC on her watch.
However, he argued that “the bigger point here is that congressional Democrats, by some estimates 20 of them, perhaps more, have been penetrated by Pakistani nationals who are, nominally at least, IT professionals, who have been paid through the nose, who apparently have stolen government equipment, who apparently had access to all kinds of information, both on the part of those members and perhaps on others in the Congress.”
“It screams out, at the very least, for an investigation into whether there may be counterintelligence implications of all this,” he said, noting possible links between the Democrats’ computer technicians and Pakistani intelligence.
“Imran Awan, the character who is at the center of this, says he’s a very big deal in Pakistan. Well, that could well mean he’s a big deal with the Pakistani intelligence service known as ISI, which has run operations against Congress in the past,” Gaffney explained.
“We need to get to the bottom of this. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has, I believe, been obstructing justice. She certainly has been conducting herself, with respect to taxpayer subsidies for these characters, in a very peculiar way,” he said.
Gaffney called for “at the minimum, an ethics investigation” and said a “more far-ranging counterintelligence investigation is long, long overdue.”
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