Hillary Clinton and the Democrats insist that Russian interference cost them the presidential election. A Senate judiciary committee offered Susan Rice the chance to testify on the matter before them. Rice has refused to testify. The question is, why?
The “Russian interference” talking point emerged as soon as Hillary Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump last November. It seems strange that the Democrats, especially someone who was directly involved with surveillance of Trump officials on that very subject, would turn down the chance to reveal what they knew about Russian interference. Unless, of course, there was no real evidence to begin with.
However, it appears Democrats are playing political games, as the “denial”comes after a Democratic member of the judiciary committee provided some political cover for Rice.
Susan Rice has denied a request to testify in front a Senate judiciary subcommittee next week on Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.
According to CNN, Barack Obama’s national security adviser turned down a request from Sen. Lindsey Graham to participate in the hearing.
“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,” Rice’s lawyer Kathryn Ruemmler wrote in a letter to Graham. “Under these circumstances, Ambassador Rice respectfully declines Senator Graham’s invitation to testify.”
Rice was the administration official who made the dozens of requests seeking to unmask the identities of Trump associates, which she said were for national security reasons and not politically motivated.
CNN reveals that Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse stepped in to give Rice a reason to decline to testify.
“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.”
A source familiar with Rice’s discussions told CNN that when Graham invited her, Rice believed it was a bipartisan overture and was prepared to accept. However, Whitehouse indicated to her that the invitation was made without his agreement, as he believed her presence was not relevant to the topic of the hearing, according to the source.
Rice considered the invitation a “diversionary play” to distract attention from the investigation into Russian election interference, including contacts between Trump allies and Russians during the campaign, the source said.
Whitehouse told CNN that “with the exception of that invitation, Senator Graham and I have agreed on all witnesses that have been invited to this hearing.”
He continued, “I don’t believe that Dr. Rice’s participation is germane to the topic of this hearing, and I believe her presence would be a distraction from the critical issues at hand. I fully support her decision not to testify.”
On Wednesday evening, Graham expressed concern that he learned about Rice’s decision from the press — not from the former Obama adviser herself.
Once again, the Democrats cry foul, but block any chance to unveil the truth.