Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice refused to testify before a Senate subcommittee on Russian interference, a move criticized by at least one Senate Democrat.
Susan Rice, a former national security advisor to President Obama, declined on Wednesday to testify before a Senate subcommittee on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Her reluctance was criticized by both Republicans and a senior Senate Democrat.
Rice drew scrutiny in April for allegedly requesting “to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance” during the transition.
Rice’s lawyer said Rice declined the recent invitation from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) because it came on short notice and was not extended in a “bipartisan” manner.
However, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), one of the leading Democrats in the Senate, implored Rice to reconsider on Wednesday evening:
“Well, I think she ought to consider it. She has gone public,” Feinstein told host Chuck Todd, referring to an interview she did Sunday on CNN in which she said she “never did anything untoward” with intelligence she got on 2016 election interference.
Since the inauguration of President Trump, Rice has been full of hot takes about the Trump presidency on Twitter:
Why do I have this queasy feeling that won't go away? #JointAddress
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) March 1, 2017
True dat. https://t.co/Jf9xWvGN8Y
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) March 24, 2017
It seems, though, that she is unwilling to withstand the heat of a congressional hearing.
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