Rice’s rep cries out for tough inquiry of surveillance allegations

Susan Rice, who was among former President Barack Obama’s top aides, cannot be trusted. Her attempts to mislead the public over the 2012 terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, make that clear.

So when Rice insists allegations the Obama White House spied on now-President Donald Trump and his associates last year are “absolutely false,” there is no reason to believe her.

It was reported this week that Rice, in her role as national security adviser, asked intelligence agencies to “unmask” the names of Trump associates mentioned in reports of surveillance activities.

Often, such names as blanked out, or “masked” in such reports.

Questioned by reporters, Rice dodged the question.

She would not say whether she asked for names to be unmasked, or whether she sought intelligence reports on Trump’s associates.

That information would be classified, she insisted.

As is always the case when an inquiry involves anyone connected with the Obama administration, the media questioning is barely at the minimum level.

Had this been an outgoing Trump administration and involved incoming Obama administration personnel, the major media would be exhausting every on-air moment and column of print on “the Trump scandal.”

In every instance of recent memory the major media has demonstrated an alarming double standard in its reporting level on the Trump administration compared with the Obama administration.

But Clearly, a “no” answer by Rice to either question would not create a problem concerning information the government classifies as secret. So, just as clearly, Rice is hiding something.

Members of Congress looking into allegations the Obama administration spied on President Trump and his administration should make the Rice allegations their top priority.