National security adviser H.R. McMaster apparently told known liar and former national security adviser Susan Rice that she could keep her security clearance, which would all her to have access to classified information.
The obvious question in this news is, for what purpose does Susan Rice need security clearance?
Here’s a copy of the letter.
I hereby waive the requirement that you must have a ‘need-to-know’ to access any classified information contained in items you ‘originated, reviewed, signed or received while serving,’ as National Security Adviser,” the letter said.
The letter also states that the “NSC will continue to work with you to ensure the appropriate security clearance documentation remains on file to allow you access to classified information.”
“Basically, this letter which was signed in the last week of April undercuts the president’s assertion that Susan Rice’s unmasking activity was inappropriate. In essence, anybody who committed a violation as she did would not be given access to classified information,” said a senior West Wing official, according to Circa, who showed him the document to verify its authenticity. “In fact, they would have their security clearance and right to ‘need-to-know’ stripped.”
“The point is, is that it lowers the bar for her,” the official added.
The official continued, “This memo McMaster sent to Rice makes it so that she doesn’t have to prove a continuing ‘need-to-know’ to have access to classified information and in effect is a White House pardon of Susan Rice and could be used by other Obama officials who conducted targeted unmasking of the campaign as a defense.”
Melissa Quinn at The Washington Examiner reports:
National security adviser H.R. McMaster told former national security adviser Susan Rice in April that she would continue to have access to classified information, and that he would waive a “need-to-know” requirement when it comes to accessing classified information contained in documents she saw or received during her time as national security adviser, according to a report.
“Going forward, the NSC will continue to work with you to ensure the appropriate security clearance documentation remains on file to allow you access to classified information,” McMaster said in his letter.
“I hereby waive the requirement that you must have a ‘need-to-know’ to access any classified information contained in items you ‘originated, reviewed, signed, or received while serving’ as National Security Adviser,” the letter continued.
Republicans have worried that Rice was involved in the “unmasking” of members of President Trump’s team that were caught up in surveillance of foreign targets, as well as other Americans.
Rice, along with former CIA Director John Brennan and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, reviewed intelligence reports from the National Security Agency’s “incidental collections” of names or conversations of Americans, and she and Brennan confirmed they asked for the unredacted names of Americans included in the intelligence reports.
Why is this important?
In June, the House Intelligence Committee issued subpoenas in connection with its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and of the Obama administration’s potentially illegal use of the government’s foreign-intelligence-collection power for the purpose of monitoring Americans. Specifically, the issue was tied to Americans connected to the Trump campaign and transition.
The subpoenas demanded any information related to unmasking requests by Susan Rice and John Brennan.
Yet, McMaster continued to allow her to have security clearance.
Doesn’t this sound just like what we reported on regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her staffers?
In June, we reported:
The State Department has opened a formal inquiry into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides mishandled classified information while she was the nation’s top diplomat, Fox News has learned. Despite being under investigation, Clinton and her staffers still have security clearances to access sensitive government information.
The department’s investigation aims to determine whether Clinton and her closest aides violated government protocols by using her private server to receive, hold and transmit classified and top-secret government documents. The department declined to say when its inquiry began, but it follows the conclusion of the FBI’s probe into the matter, which did not result in any actions being taken against Clinton or any of her aides.
Depending on the outcome of the current State Department inquiry, Clinton and her aides could have their access to sensitive government documents terminated.
These are people that have endangered Americans, some have even lost their lives because of their lawlessness.
They continue to attack the very foundations of our republic and yet, they are still given access to classified information even though they are not in a position that should warrant them having it.
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