By Sophia MeyerFormer President Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice ordered spy agencies in the U.S. to produce “detailed spreadsheets” on the phone calls of Donald Trump and his aides beginning a year before the election, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova.
DiGenova told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group, “What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals [that] involved no illegal activity by anybody of the Trump associates, or anyone they were speaking with.
“In short,” concludes diGenova, “the only apparent illegal activity was the unmasking of the people in the calls.”
Multiple sources have claimed the intel requested by Ms. Rice was produced in a “highly organized operation.” Fox News reports the information was shared with the National Security Council (NSC), Department of Defense, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director James Brennan.
On March 2, Obama’s Deputy Defense Secretary Evelyn Farkas acknowledged in a TV interview she “was urging my former colleagues,” to “get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves the administration,” in a “frantic desire” to preserve the intelligence.
“This is a leaking of signal intelligence,” Doran continued. “That’s a felony, and you can get 10 years for that. It is a tremendous abuse of the system. We’re not supposed to be monitoring American citizens. Bigger than the crime, is the breach of public trust.”
Former Deputy Director for Intelligence at the U.S. Central Command Col. James Waurishuk (Ret.), who also served at the NSC, expressed concern that “this is now using national intelligence assets and capabilities to spy on the elected, yet-to-be-seated president.”
He added: “We’re looking at a potential constitutional crisis from the standpoint that we used an extremely strong capability that’s supposed to be used to safeguard and protect the country. . . and we used it for political purposes by a sitting president. That takes on a new precedent.”
Waurishuk contends “many hands” throughout the Obama administration must have been involved to conduct such an extensive spying program. As he explains, “The surveillance initially is the responsibility of the National Security Agency (NSA) . . . . They have to abide by this guidance when one of the other agencies says, ‘We’re looking at this particular person, which we would like to unmask.’ ”
Waurishuk concluded: “It’s unbelievable, the level and degree of the administration to look for information on Donald Trump and his associates, his campaign team and his transition team. This is really, really serious stuff.”