President Obama's former national security adviser, Susan Rice, was the one who requested that Trump transition members names, and even President Trump, to be unmasked in surveillance reports. This is according to Fox News.
This is quite the scandal, a real one, unlike the Trump-Russia fiction story. Susan Rice requested unmasking of US citizens that were "caught up" in surveillance of foreign entities. This is more than likely an illegal act, due to the fact, Devin Nunes stated this had nothing to do with the Russian investigation.
Why does that investigation matter? Unmasking wouldn't be a big deal if it were part of a criminal or national security investigation, but Nunes didn't seem to think it was, at least pertaining to Russia that is. This is starting to sound like it may be tied to the FISA warrant obtain to surveil a server "connected" to a Russian bank, after a previous FISA warrant request was denied for requesting multiple Trump associates and Trump himself.
To read more about the events leading up to this, read this previous Pulsar post.
According to Circa, White House logs showed Susan Rice was behind the mask of the unmasking case. The article stated that computer logs showed Susan Rice accessed intelligence reports, some that had to do with Trump and his team, in Obama's last seven months.
The article also stated that the unmasking began in July 2016, right around the first FISA request, and accelerated after Trump won the Presidential election. This could also mean Rice was behind the disseminating of the surveillance reports between agencies.
Now according to The Daily Caller, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has called on her to testify before Congress, as she should. However, Rice may just plead the 5th the whole time, but her name is still present on the evidence pin pointing this case to her. Rice also said something that will land her in hot water, let's just say she lied.
Here's the video from PBS NewsHour of Susan Rice saying "I know nothing about this", when being asked about Devin Nunes's initial unmasking claims:
Susan Rice has dug herself into a pretty deep hole here. First she committed an act that appears politically motivated, but that isn't confirmed yet. Second she went on camera and lied about it by saying she knew nothing about what Devin Nunes was talking about. Rice can plead the 5th all she wants, but the evidence is there, and if this case turns criminal, she may end up behind bars.
Also let's remind ourselves that no evidence exist that Trump and Russia colluded with Russia to win the Presidential election. When people say it's risky to bet against Donald Trump, they aren't kidding you, it is never safe to bet against Trump. President Trump's claims of surveillance during his campaign are looking to be more and more true everyday.
Pulsar will continue to stay on this story all the way until the case is closed. The evidence continues to mount in favor of the President and against the Obama administration. For all we know, the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign may have colluded to derail the Trump campaign. Since that failed, it was up to the Obama administration to derail Trump's transition team, and then finally make sure all surveillance reports can be copied and shard throughout agencies to bite the Trump presidency.
Stay tuned, the engine has only just fired up.