The HillPresident Trump's claim that former national security adviser Susan Rice may have committed a crime is “authoritarianism," according to a former national security adviser to President Obama.

Ben Rhodes dismissed the controversy swirling around Rice over the "unmasking" of Trump officials in intelligence reports. He said such requests have long been routine in the White House.

I've seen it said that the definition of chutzpah is the person who, on trial for killing his parents, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan. This case is only slightly less blatant than that.

You see, the above quoted words were written in defense of Susan Rice by Ben Rhodes, one of her aides, a recipient of the unmasked intelligence information, and given his role in the creation of an Iran deal echo chamber, likely the person (or one of those people) who actually leaked that information to the press.

In short, he's defending himself by accusing the Trump administration of authoritarianism.

What's the definition of authoritarianism? Well, one part of it is using national-security intelligence infrastructure to spy on your political opponents.

Ben, I strongly advise you to go home and wait for the knock on your door. It probably won't come at midnight, and it won't be authoritarianism. It will be justice.

This entry was published Fri Apr 07 11:32:12 CDT 2017 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2017-04-07 11:32:12.0. [Tweet]

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