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There’s a bit in comedian Eddie Murphy’s brilliant 1987 standup feature film “Raw” in which he discusses a man getting caught by his woman cheating. The woman sees him leaving the other lady’s house and confronts him. The man, with no other option at that point, just goes for broke and denies the allegation by repeating the phrase “wasn’t me” over and over again. Eventually, despite having looked right in his face, the lady is convinced that maybe she’s wrong. Maybe it wasn’t him. It’s hilarious.
What’s not so funny is former National Security Advisor Susan Rice apparently taking a page from that cheating man’s playbook and no doubt hoping for a similar outcome from the American people when it comes to the question of whether or not the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
Rice might as well be repeating, “wasn’t me.”
In a conversation Tuesday with Washington Post Live, Rice — known to have personally unmasked officials in the Trump campaign during the election — denied, denied, denied. Oh, and blamed Russia, of course.
“Absolutely no, it did not happen. That is false. That is another lie designed to deflect from the president’s own very bizarre relationship with Russia; to distract from the much validated reality that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump,” she said. “President Trump is in some sort of fever dream about the Obama administration when all we tried to do was to execute, despite the Trump administration or incoming administration’s reluctance, the most responsible transition we possibly could have presided over.”
However, as Just the News reports, Rice had a hand in the shenanigans involving the most irresponsible unmasking of Michael Flynn.
Rice, one of Joe Biden’s potential running mates, said the National Security Council prepared over 100 individual briefing papers for the incoming-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Recently-released declassified documents show that Rice and other Obama administration officials unmasked Flynn during the 2016 presidential transition period. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying about his communication with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. but the Justice Department in recent weeks asked the federal courts to drop the case.
Rice, remember, composed an email to herself the day Donald Trump was inaugurated — one of the last things she did in her post — in which she attempted to explain why they may have focused on Flynn, who has recently had his case dismissed save some last minute panicking by the judge.
The email, which Rice sent the day of President Trump‘s inauguration, describes a Jan. 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting between herself, former President Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.
“Comey said he does have some concerns that incoming NSA Flynn is speaking frequently with Russian Ambassador [Sergey] Kislyak. Comey said that could be an issue as it relates to sharing sensitive information,” Rice wrote in the email, which was formerly classified as “top secret.”
“President Obama asked if Comey was saying that the NSC [National Security Council] should not pass sensitive information related to Russia to Flynn. Comey replied ‘potentially,’” she continued. “He added that he has no indication thus far that Flynn has passed classified information to Kislyak, but he noted that ‘the level of communication is unusual.’”
Rice, if she is chosen as Biden’s running mate, will have to carry on repeating the “wasn’t me” mantra indefinitely, even as potential indictments come down following the conclusion of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the Russia collusion investigation’s predicate.
But unlike the woman in the Eddie Murphy bit desperately trying to keep her man, the American people may not fight so hard to protect the reputations of Rice and other ex-Obama admin officials. “Wasn’t me” will likely fall on deaf ears come November.