FILE - In this July 7, 2016 file photo, National Security Adviser Susan Rice follows President Barack Obama across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, to board Marine One. The U.S. has deployed its diplomats and tens of millions of dollars to try to block anti-gay laws, punish countries that enacted them, and tie U.S. assistance to respect for LGBT rights, animated in part by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s declaration that “gay rights are human rights.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Susan Rice: What’s Past is Prologue

“When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”  Proverbs 21:15

Once again, Republican lawmakers are demanding yet another Obama administration official appear before them to explain her actions. Once again, the threat of a subpoena emerges. Who is the target this time? None other than Susan Rice, the National Security Advisor to the President Obama White House. She of the Sunday Benghazi video deception.

Her newest alleged offenses are the acquisition of the names of Trump campaign officials via unmasking request of FISA warrant surveillance, as well as possibly being the lead Obama official leaking this information to the Washington Post and New York Times.

Yesterday, right on cue, Republicans in the Senate began to indignantly  demand Susan Rice’s appearance before their committees to explain her actions. (Politico)

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr on Tuesday would not rule out the possibility of requesting an interview with Rice as part of his panel’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election.  Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican and a member of the intelligence panel, said he wanted Rice to come before the committee, saying, “It sounds to me like she has some information that would be pertinent to the investigation.”“If there is intelligence that leads to a reason for us to look at Susan Rice, then we’ll do it,” the North Carolina Republican told reporters. “Whether it’s Susan Rice or anybody, if there is intelligence that leads to some value at bringing them in, inviting them in for an interview, then we’ll have them in.”

Not to be left out, House Republicans echoed the same talking point: (Daily Caller)

Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins, and Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Lou Barletta wrote a letter to the leaders of the intelligence committees citing media reports related to Obama national security adviser Susan Rice that connect her to the unmasking of President Trump’s transition team. “As members of the Trump transition, we are deeply troubled by these revelations. We demand that Ms. Rice be called to testify before Congress in order to discern her motivations for these actions. If true, her behavior appears negligent at best and criminal at worst,” the letter reads. The letter continues, “Media reports indicating the possible ‘unmasking’ of Members of Congress and other Americans for political purposes during the course of intelligence sharing shocks the conscience.” Republican House Intelligence Committee member Peter King told The Daily Caller Monday night. “I would think she would need to come in explain her position.”

However, if recent history can be used as a guide, Ms. Rice and others in the White House Obama cabal need not worry about potential consequences of their actions, not should they have any concern about bothering to pencil in an appearance before Congress.

For the past eight years, Republicans have loudly condemned lawlessness by Obama officials, not the least of which is former Sec. of State Clinton. They have held Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, issued subpoenas for appearance which were ignored, and have subpoenaed documents from the FBI which were never honored.

To be sure, Rep. Jason Chaffetz R-U has referred Brian Pagliano to Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Hot Air):

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions today asking Sessions to consider convening a grand jury or bringing charges against Hillary Clinton’s former IT guy, Bryan Pagliano. Pagliano was subpoenaed to testify before the committee last year but refused to appear on two occasions. After the second refusal, the Oversight Committee voted to hold Pagliano in contempt.

To date, it appears Mr. Pagliano has not been indicted, nor arrested for his “contumacious conduct”. There has been no word from the DOJ on this matter.

Rep. Lamar Smith R-Texas, House Science Committee Chairman threatened Platte River with the same contempt charges for ignoring his committee’s subpoenas. (Press Release Oct 28, 2016)

“Throughout the investigation of the security of former Secretary Clinton’s private server, the committee’s inquiries have been met with resistance and obstruction by companies and organizations associated with former Secretary Clinton. Given this reasoning, I recently announced that the committee intends to hold her private server company, Platte River Networks, in contempt of Congress.

Chairman Smith goes further to explain how his committee has been stymied:

Background: On Oct. 20, Smith announced plans to hold the company that set up and maintained former Secretary Clinton’s private server, Platte River Networks, in contempt of Congress. At a Sept. 28 House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Smith urged FBI Director James Comey to reopen the FBI’s investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server. On Sept. 20, Rep. Smith issued a subpoena to FBI Director Comey for documents and information related to the security of Clinton’s private email account and server. The Committee requested these documents in a Sept. 9 letter. Director Comey has failed to produce any documents pursuant to the previous request. On Aug. 22, Smith issued subpoenas to the three companies who maintain former Secretary Clinton’s private server with the support of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, after the companies failed to comply with the Science Committee’s voluntary request for documents and interviews.

The Clinton’s roam free, as do their sycophants from both State and the foundation. There are too many alleged offenses to list, but one would be amiss to not list one of the most grievous. To wit: at least 20% of US uranium ore is now owned and/or controlled by Russia. There doesn’t even seem to be any effort to reclaim one of our most valued natural assets.

The only possible reason for the continued contempt Democrats and liberals hold for Republican lawmakers, and one of the primary reasons they continue to obfuscate truth, obstruct process, and coordinate almost daily attacks against both Republicans in Congress and the Administration is they simply neither respect nor fear the Grand Old Party.

To be fair, one can hardly blame them. Time after time, various GOP officials rush in front of the cameras, trumpet pious sound bites, then proceed to do exactly not one damn thing.

William Shakespeare’s Antonio in The Tempest Act II Scene 1 perfectly sums up the current Republican / Democrat dynamic:

“Whereof what’s past is prologue, what to come
In yours and my discharge.”

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. As the prologue is to a play, so history has set the stage for the present. Liberals have shown no reluctance to lawlessness in furthering their agenda, but instead appear willing to escalate it. It is high time for senior Republican lawmakers in concert with the Attorney General to deliver justice which as been denied for far too long.

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Wm. P. Fitzhenry

5th generation Texan, 2nd generation reformed Presbyterian, a twin and a serial entrepreneur.

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