The story of the Russian “interference” into the the 2016 U.S. presidential election is far from over, except for one top Obama aide, apparently.
Soon after the election of Donald Trump, angry democrats began spreading a dangerous and unverifiable story that Trump was assisted by a cabal of Russian influencers during the contest. That tall tale transformed several times as incarnation after incarnation was debunked by the facts of the situation, but not before some damage was done in the form of a cloud of doubt palling over the President.
Now, one top Obama aide, who herself is is hot water for her actions following the 2016 election, has declined an offer to testify on the subject.
“Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice has refused an invitation to testify next week on Russian meddling in the U.S. election.
“In a letter obtained by CNN, Rice’s lawyer, Kathryn Ruemmler, said the decision was made because Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chairman of the judiciary subcommittee on crime and terrorism that invited her to testify, didn’t have the support of the panel’s top Democrat, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.
“‘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.’
“Despite refusing to testify in an open setting, in the letter, Ruemmler does indicate that Rice is ‘prepared to assist congressional inquiries into Russian election interference because of the important national interests at stake, provided they are conducted in a bipartisan manner, and, as appropriate, in classified session.'”
One of the most important passages in the excerpt above lies at the tail end of the discussion, when Rice admits that she would prefer a “classified session”. The necessity of this sort of secretive testimony has led many to believe that Rice is not prepared to have her entire involvement in shady Obama dealings revealed to the world, and would prefer to have her involvement in 2016 electoral history remain a secret.