Despite claims and suggestions by Donald Trump and his pal, GOP House Intelligence Chairman Congressman Devin Nunes, a new report shatters the myth that Barack Obama or anybody in his administration – including Susan Rice – did anything illegal.
According to CNN, members of both parties said that not even intelligence reports brought forward by Nunes himself showed any wrongdoing.
More from the report:
After a review of the same intelligence reports brought to light by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and aides have so far found no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal, multiple sources in both parties tell CNN.
Their private assessment contradicts President Donald Trump’s allegations that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice broke the law by requesting the “unmasking” of US individuals’ identities. Trump had claimed the matter was a “massive story.”
However, over the last week, several members and staff of the House and Senate intelligence committees have reviewed intelligence reports related to those requests at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland.
One congressional intelligence source described the requests made by Rice as “normal and appropriate” for officials who serve in that role to the president.
And another source said there’s “absolutely” no smoking gun in the reports, urging the White House to declassify them to make clear there was nothing alarming in the documents.
Despite Trump’s effort to distract from his failed and scandal-packed first three months in office by pushing a baseless claim about Barack Obama – and Nunes’ attempts to provide Trump political cover – there is simply no evidence that any of his assertions are true.
“I think it’s going to be the biggest story,” Trump recently said of his lies about the Obama administration. “It’s such an important story for our country and the world.”
But it’s not true. And members of both parties, as the CNN report noted, have found ample evidence to the contrary.
At the end of the day, the president was just spewing nonsense on Twitter with no regard for the truth. Now he’s unsuccessfully scrambling to justify it.
Will he finally admit that he was simply pushing a lie? Don’t count on it.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.