Susan Rice Declines Senate Request To Testify

CNN reports:

Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s former national security adviser, on Wednesday declined Sen. Lindsey Graham’s request to participate in a judiciary subcommittee hearing next week on Russian interference in the US election, CNN has learned.

A letter obtained exclusively by CNN from Rice’s lawyer, Kathryn Ruemmler, outlines the grounds for her decision not to appear. It was addressed to Graham, the Republican chairman of the judiciary subcommittee on crime and terrorism, which is holding the hearing, and senior Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.

“Senator Whitehouse has informed us by letter that he did not agree to Chairman Graham’s invitation to Ambassador Rice, a significant departure from the bipartisan invitations extended to other witnesses,” Ruemmler wrote. “Under these circumstances, Ambassador Rice respectfully declines Senator Graham’s invitation to testify.”

  • bkmn

    Don’t empower the crazies by giving them some sound bite they will use against you. That applies to all of us. Ms. Rice has good counsel.

    • Schlukitz

      Yes, but what is she hiding?

      • ohbear1957

        Her lovechild fathered by Barack Obama?

      • edrex

        resentment, i imagine.

      • Exactly, when will we understand these people aren’t our friends? It was the Obama administration that oversaw the institution of Mass Surveillance and Susan Rice had a significant role in that abuse of power.

        • ohbear1957

          Parker House or crescent?

          • edrex

            i was working on that. you beat me to it.

          • Ha ha ha, I bet auto-correct never gets the best of you!

          • ohbear1957

            Funny, I have a sudden craving for Cinnabon.

          • Yumm πŸ‘Œ

          • doninkansas

            you can have mine, I don’t care them. they are too wet and gooey, no substance to them. and excessively sweet as well.

          • edrex

            it does. i had always assumed it’s because i took the blue pill.

          • Steverino

            Maybe a rickroll.

      • Homo Erectus

        Benghazzziiiii!!!!!

      • Gerry Fisher

        It’s my concern that it will be spun that way. Perhaps it will get no lasting traction.

      • Dramphooey

        She’s hiding distractions but don’t worry; the Republicans are on a permanent Easter egg hunt for distractions.

      • bkmn

        Nothing, she was doing her job but the GOP is bound and determined to paint her as committing an illegal act when she was just doing the job she was hired to do.

      • His HolyShit, the Donald

        “she originally believed Graham’s invite was a bipartisan overture and was ready to accept it. However, Whitehouse told CNN he did not believe her presence was relevant to the hearing’s topic. Rice reportedly now considers Graham’s invite β€œa diversionary play” to distract attention from the probe into Russia’s election intrusions last year.”

        She really shouldn’t show up for a Repub-only panel.

        http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/331826-susan-rice-declines-to-testify-before-senate-panel

        • Schlukitz

          Thank you for that clarification.

          After reading what you said, I totes agree with your conclusion.

  • Lock her up!

    • Nic Peterson

      Go away.

      • Never πŸ˜‚

        • Nic Peterson

          Nor will I.

          • πŸ‘Œ

          • Dazzer

            worst shadow-puppet rabbit EVAH

      • Schlukitz

        Why are you telling RedPill to go away? He has as much right to post a comment here as you do.

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          It’s a populist-luvin’ troll.

        • Tiger Quinn

          Why are you worried about what other posters do? It’s not your board, mind your own account.

          • Schlukitz

            And fuck you for sharing! πŸ™‚

        • Nic Peterson

          He can say what he wants but locking up SR is simply foolish.

          • Schlukitz

            I agree.

      • Dazzer

        He only comes here when he’s had a fight with his imaginary friend and has no-one else to talk to.

  • Henry Auvil

    Lindseybelle knows she did nothing wrong or out of the ordinary. But grands gotta stand.

    • Steverino

      Oh, you know Miss Vapors would grandstand from her fainting couch about “unmasking,” etc. ad nauseam.

  • ohbear1957
  • At first it seemed a tad odd, but I dug a little deeper. Seems Ms. Rice has good reason for not accepting.

    1. The invitation came only from Graham, not as a bipartisan invitation.
    2. This: “Graham said Tuesday that he wanted Rice to testify in order to clarify β€œreports” about her request that the identities of U.S. citizens be revealed in intelligence reports during probes into Russian meddling in the election. β€œI’d like to ask questions of her,” he told CNN. β€œI have seen press reports – I don’t know how accurate – that she was involved in the unmasking of a U.S. citizen who was incidentally surveilled.”

    In other words, an attempt at deflection and distraction, trying to make doing her job as NSC adviser into a suspicious act. When in fact, it would have been her duty to look into stuff like this.

    • Sam_Handwich

      thank you for the digging!!! was scratching my head a bit, but figured it must be something like that.

      maybe putin has piss tapes on Lindsey too

      • Natty Enquirer
        • David Walker

          Oh, I bet once or twice.

          • jayjonson

            At least.

          • Robincho

            A rhett-orical remark if ever I heard one…

          • David Walker

            Wha, suh…how kind o’ you to notice.

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          • Well, Ok, so Dore Alley was my second home! Waa, I do declare!

        • Steverino

          Well, fiddle-dee-dee!

        • Dejerrity Mycron

          Clutched those pearls right off her neck.

      • Nowhereman

        We can only hope.

    • Nic Peterson

      Girl got some mad smarts going on. She can take Lindseybelle without breaking a sweat.

    • Dazzer

      Once again, you clarify a situation beautifully. Thanks for that.

      • billbear1961

        Yes, electoral-vote.com, Daily Kos, Political Wire, and BeccaM every day for summaries and explanations!

      • I don’t get everything right, but I try. Thanks.

        • Dazzer

          You tend to get enough correct that even when you get something partly wrong, you are still moving in the right direction – and usually you’re ahead of other analysts of a situation.

          This is my cautious way of saying I trust you implicitly. You’ve never led me wrong before in your analysis.

    • Gerry Fisher

      OK…I get it.

    • Schlukitz

      Thank you for sharing your findings, BeccaM.

    • Ninja0980

      Hit the nail on the head.
      All Republicans do would attack her over Benganzi, e-mails and anything else they can throw at her.

    • His HolyShit, the Donald

      WHO KNEW SUSAN RICE HAS SUCH BIG BALLS !!!

      The Dems found their spines, finally.

    • clay

      As the House GOP did with Comey, et al., try to trick the witness into violating the law by unmasking a person in open testimony.

    • BobSF_94117

      Graham’s and McCain’s alleged concern about Russian interference in the election is proving to have been little more than an act to delay strong action to create an independent investigation.

    • Nowhereman

      Exactly. They do this all the time. It has been determined by a bi-partisan group already that Susan Rice was doing her job. There are already checks and safeguards that review all requests to unmask. It’s not done by one person on a whim. They need to stop lying and stop wasting our time.

    • Acronym Jim

      Yes, kudos to you, BeccaM for the additional info, and kudos to Senator Whitehouse for letting Ms. Rice know this wasn’t a usual request!

  • BlindBill

    An Independent Investigation is REQUIRED …

  • Dave Babler

    Is this a lawyer’s way of saying “if you want our client to testify, you need to be more bipartisan and transparent”?

  • Dazzer

    O/T The French Presidential debate between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron has just finished.

    Le Pen did nothing except insult Macron.

    The snap verdict is that she managed to keep her supporters happy, but probably didn’t do enough to persuade many of the 18% of floating voters.

    She’s lucky there weren’t any vets in the audience because they’d have shot her to cut down the amount of rabies in the country.

    • edrex

      but she’ll still win florida and west virginia.

      • safari

        Don’t forget the midwest.

        • edrex

          try as i might.

        • EweTaw

          Michigan is looking suspiciously francophile these days. Croissants are eclipsing doughnuts in East Lansing.

          • Steverino

            So much for “freedom fries” and “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” from that ilk.

          • edrex

            well… with croissants it tends to be more of a partial eclipse.

        • Ninja0980

          Yup, where the real Americans live.

    • Hue-Man

      TV5 will show the debate starting in 25 minutes. I doubt I’ll be able to stand more than 5 minutes of Le Pen.

      • Dazzer

        The sadist in me says watch it to the end. She really is lunatic – both in her words and (especially) her behaviour.

        She’s barking mad.

        I can’t believe that some on the far Left are thinking of abstaining after watching her. even if you hate Macron as a “neoliberal”, if you consider yourself a decent human being you’d have to vote against her.

        • Card Daron

          I agree with the sentiment, but that logic obviously failed us here in the States…

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Blah Blah Blah.. what could possibly go wrong?

        • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

          “Anybody But Hillary” and “Bernie Or Bust” folks probably consider themselves to be decent….enough.

          • doninkansas

            and also consider themselves to be heroes for standing their ground!

    • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

      Yeah, Hillary kept HER supporters happy. She cleaned up in the debates…or so we thought. What people do when the curtain closes on the voting booth is all that matters. We’re learning that the hard way.

  • EweTaw

    “Mis Rice regrets she’s unable to testify . . . Graham.”

    Amazing how often that song can be summoned for political humor.

    • edrex

      “…madam…”

    • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

      Dragging Mrs Otis into this, are we?

      • EweTaw

        One never drags Miss Otis. One gently takes her hand and escorts her with respect.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    This little green dino thinks Lindseybelle should be compelled to testify to the committee about the uncountable girlfriends he has in Canada. Security risk??

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      French models and ballet dancers, amirite?

      • Steverino

        Probably more like “wee wee” rather than “oui oui.”

    • TampaDink

      Her name is Alberta, she lives in Vancouver. She cooks like his mother & sucks like a Hoover.

  • Cuberly

    OT: “…Tillerson said, is guided by fundamental values, but he cautioned: “If we condition too heavily that others must adopt this value that we’ve come to over a long history of our own, it really creates obstacles to our ability to advance our national security interests, our economic interests.”

    Gee, wonder who he’s attacking with that sentiment.

    https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/859836461520220161

    • It has become an official State Department — and by extension, Trump Administration — position that human rights simply do not matter at all. Nor the ideals of democratic representative government, civil rights, justice, or even ethics or morals.

      Everything is to be totally subservient to national security and money.

      • Cuberly

        Yep. …and we all know how that has panned out historically.

      • Sam_Handwich

        decades of consistent, bipartisan diplomatic history don’t matter to them

        the damage to the DoJ worries me less than what’s going on at State

      • clay

        They’re clearly opposed to the free movement of labor, opposed to any movement of market from at least six Muslim-majority nations, claim to be opposed to the free movement of materials, parts and goods. The only things they would allow to be free is capital and (maybe, if they don’t consider in with materials and goods) energy. They’re not even free-market capitalists– they’ll never come close to fair market, respecting human rights (despite the tangerine hell-beasts whining like a nine year old about “that trade deal’s not fair”).

      • StraightGrandmother

        I agree but I would switch that around to money first then national security.

    • Natty Enquirer

      How shocking that the ex-CEO of Exxon would put money above morals.

      • Cuberly

        Using the google…that didn’t take long.

        “Unocal Corp. settled a landmark human rights lawsuit Monday that accused the El Segundo-based energy company of being responsible for forced labor, rapes and a murder allegedly carried out by soldiers along a natural gas pipeline route in Myanmar.”

        “Other U.S. companies facing similar lawsuits include Exxon Mobil Corp. in Indonesia; Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. in Guatemala; ChevronTexaco Corp. in Nigeria; and Occidental Petroleum Corp., Coca-Cola Co. and coal miner Drummond Co. in Colombia.”

        “Business lobbying groups contend that cases dealing with overseas disputes don’t belong in U.S. courts. The Bush administration maintains that the lawsuits make it difficult to conduct foreign policy.”

        http://articles.latimes.com/2005/mar/22/business/fi-unocal22

        “Torture Allegations Shadow Rex Tillerson’s Time at Exxon Mobil
        His former company is being sued for its alleged role in unprovoked shootings and arbitrary detention of Indonesian people.”

        http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/trumps-pick-secretary-state-rex-tillerson-linked-human-rights-abuses-indonesia

        • His HolyShit, the Donald

          Rex is a famous Texan with questionable ethics at best.

          • Cuberly

            …in other words an oil exec.

  • O/T: Holy fucknuts… I just realized it’s only Wednesday.

  • Ninja0980

    This is a hearing on Russian interference with the elections and what role Trump and his goons played in that.
    It’s not Benghazi, e-mails or Trump’s false claims on wiretapping or whatever else the Republicans will try and use her for.
    She did the right thing in telling them to go to hell.

  • geoffalnutt

    More bullshit obfuscation in a desperate attempt to change the conversation. Of course.

  • kaydenpat

    Good. Rethugs need to find someone else to kick around. Rice is not the one.

    • Paula Key

      Have you read this? Woman who laughed during Jeff Sessions confirmation convicted, faces year in prison

      • TheFrequentPoster

        Good! Throw her in jail.

      • kaydenpat

        Yep and I’m in shock. Straight up fascism. This was a case when jury nullification should have happened.