Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Rice May Refuse to Testify

Writing at Power Line, founding contributor John Hinderaker summarizes the contents of an MSNBC interview of Susan Rice by Andrea Mitchell. Two important points:
Rice vehemently denied leaking classified information. That denial could well be true. Leaking was more likely done by Rice’s assistant, Ben Rhodes, or another subordinate.

Most telling, I thought, was Rice’s response when Mitchell asked whether she would be “willing” to testify in response to a Senate subpoena. Rice’s answer: “You know, Andrea, let’s see what comes. I’m not going to sit here and prejudge.” Translation: I may decide to take the Fifth.
Do we sense fear of self-incrimination? In the balance of his post, Hinderaker reports what a couple of old Washington hands say about unmasking: how rare it is, how unlikely most high officials are to ask for it, how unusual it would be if Rice often sought unmasking.