I think all of America is weary of hearing the Democrats pound President Trump for having illegal ties to Russia. They have been pushing this mantra for six months now, and we Americans are sick and tired of it.
Compounded with that, as investigations in both the House and Senate committees convene, we are finding out that the Russia ties are not trailing us to the Republicans, but to the Democrats themselves.
Because of that, House and Senate Democrats are doing their best to protect their own in this very complicated, convoluted trail to Russia, spying, and other things. One Senate Democrat is protecting Obama’s former National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, and with his permission, has encouraged her to refuse to attending a Senate committee hearing in front of Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. So she did – completely snubbed the committee with a letter of rejection – refusing to testify.
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.”
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.
Really? She thinks the Republicans are the distraction? Every time new evidence is found, it goes straight back to the Democrats, and her fingerprints are all over the place.
CNN continues: “I’m disappointed,” Graham said. “I don’t know why she won’t come before the committee to tell us what she did or didn’t do. But we’ll deal with her later.” On Wednesday evening, Graham expressed concern that he learned about Rice’s decision from the press — not from the former Obama adviser herself.
Hopefully Senator Graham can find another way in which he can force her hand and have her testify, perhaps a subpoena? By then, though, she may have to plead the 5th!