A lawsuit by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch revealed that the files involved with Susan Rice’s unmasking of the names of Americans caught up in U.S. spying had been squirreled away in the files of Barack Obama’s presidential library, the group announced Monday.
According to a press release, the documents may be sealed for five years so that no one can touch them, leading to further problems in the inquiry into whether Rice’s unmaskings were politically motivated or not.
The response came after an April 4 Freedom of Information Act request by the group asking for the National Security Council documents. Judicial Watch said it was informed “by letter that the materials regarding the unmasking by Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice of ‘the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team’ have been removed to the Obama Library.”
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“You may send your request to the Obama Library,” NSC Access Management Director John Powers said in the May 23 letter, according to the Washington Free Beacon. “However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.”
The group’s request had asked for “(a)ny and all records or responses received by former National Security Advisor Susan Rice and/or any member, employee, staff member, or representative of the National Security Council in response to any request described in part 1 of this request.”
Part 1 had requested “(a)ny and all requests for information, analyses, summaries, assessments, transcripts, or similar records submitted to any Intelligence Community member agency or any official, employee, or representative thereof by former National Security Advisor Susan Rice regarding, concerning, or related to” Russian involvement in the 2016 election, DNC hacking, communications between the Trump campaign and the Russians and “the identities of U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team who were identified pursuant to intelligence collection activities.”
Now, all this information could be squirreled away, and Judicial Watch officials are furious… [CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE]