The time between one presidential administration to the next is very sensitive.
It is a period when the outgoing president, still holding the office and wielding all that power, is fully aware of the man who is going to soon take his job. It is an awkward time. The outgoing president must behave in a professional and dignified manner, ensuring that his successor has every opportunity to succeed.
The outgoing president must resist the temptation to obscure vital details and information that he might not want the next president to know about. He must watch as all his power and influence is transferred not just to a new man, but to an entirely new team of people.
It becomes especially difficult when the new administration is of a rival party. Imagine the conflict of interest. The outgoing president has a very real desire to make the next guy’s life really difficult. Plus, he still holds great power and can use that to undermine the early efforts of the next administration.
But only a truly bitter, disgraceful, and un-American administration would do anything to harm the new leadership, right? Surely in our modern day and age, no president would be so callus and evil as to hurt the transition, even if it’s to a different party.
Except that’s exactly what happened.
We know that Obama wasn’t the biggest fan of Hillary Clinton and handing the power over her would have been painful enough. But to see the White House enter the hands of one of his biggest critics, perhaps that was too much to bear for ol’ Barry.
It’s clear that Obama treated the office as a sort of dictatorship. He loved the power of the executive branch and abused it on the regular. So when the time came for him to leave, he abused that power once again to spy on Trump’s team by unmasking their names in sensitive transmission and leaking them to the press. Nothing criminal was uncovered, but it’s given the press license to further their unjust campaign against the 45th President.
Now sensible leaders are calling for serious change to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
From Daily Caller:
GOP Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he believes former National Security Advisor Susan Rice should testify before Congress on her request to unmask the names of Trump transition officials collected during routine intelligence-gathering operations.
Paul argued the situation should not be downplayed, saying reforms need to be made to prevent individuals from being blackmailed on personal aspects of their lives through unmasking. He noted there was nothing stopping the former administration from looking through Trump officials and national security advisors’ conversations during the transition window.
“If it is allowed, we shouldn’t be allowing it, but I don’t think should just discount how big a deal it is that Susan Rice was looking at these,” he told reporters Monday. “And she needs to be asked, ‘Did President Obama ask her to do this? Was this a directive from President Obama? I think she should testify under oath on this.”
Paul said he has long thought there are too many people with the ability to unmask individuals.
During the time between the election and the Inauguration, Obama officials had the opportunity and motivation to harm and undermine Trump’s people. They lost the election. Obama was soon to leave office. Much of their work would be undone by the incoming president. So in one last, bitter stab at conservatives, they unmasked confidential names and leaked them to the press.
It was pathetic and un-American, but it had its effect. It causes some–albeit limited–damage to the Trump administration. More so it revealed the depths of corruption of the last administration.
Rice testifying is only the start. Reforms must be made to limit the power of intelligence agencies, especially during election season. No one deserves to wield so much power; they must be put into check at all costs.
Source: Daily Caller