Bill O'Reilly's 'Talking Points Memo' for April 4:
O'REILLY: Tonight we will give you just the facts, no speculation, no hysteria.
The latest from Fox News correspondents Adam Housley and Malia Zimmerman is this:
"Multiple sources tell Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance."
Apparently she was doing this for more than a year leading up to the November election.
That is very troubling and if it can be proven, Susan Rice is in major trouble.
Also, because the national security advisor was so close to President Obama, he will have to answer questions as well.
So you can see an enormous story is developing and it really doesn't matter whether the liberal mainstream media ignores it. Congress and the FBI will not.
To be fair to Ms. Rice, she denies all wrongdoing and should be given the presumption of innocence. That is the American way.
SUSAN RICE, FMR. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR: “There were occasions when I would receive a report in which a U.S. person was referred to, name not provided, just ‘U.S. person.’ And sometimes in that context, in order to understand the importance of the report and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out or request the information as to who that U.S. official was.”
ANDREA MITCHELL, MSNBC: “Did you seek the names of people involved – to unmask the names of people involved in the Trump transition, the Trump campaign, the people surrounding the president elect, in order to spy on them and expose them?”
RICE: “Absolutely not, for any political purposes, to spy, expose, anything.”
MITCHELL: “Did you leak the name of Mike Flynn?”
RICE: “I leaked nothing to nobody.”
Nothing to nobody? Interesting phrase.
Now here's my question, if Susan Rice did surveil the Trump people for a year, what was her motive? Why did she do it?
I mean, think about it. This woman is a national security advisor, she's got a lot of work to do.
So why would she be running over to the National Security Agency or the CIA reviewing wiretaps? Summations are sent to the White House every day.
And why if a Trump person was involved, would she want the name?
The key question here is motivation.
Now I know many cable news programs will speculate, will convict Susan Rice without a trial or attempt to cover for her as we saw last night, but we're not going to do that.
The Factor is in business to report the truth and give opinion based upon the facts.
Let's sum up: Talking Points believes the reporting from Adam Housley and Malia Zimmerman is accurate.
Other news agencies are getting information as well.
So at this point you can assume that Susan Rice took an amazing interest in what the Trump people were doing well before the folks voted.
Why she did that, we don't know.
What we do know is that both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees should subpoena Susan Rice immediately.
And both committees should send written questions to President Obama.
Also, the FBI should interview Ambassador Rice and conduct a very thorough investigation of her behavior.
That's reasonable is it not?
Because if the Trump campaign or the transition team were being spied upon by the Obama administration, that has to be uncovered.
Or am I wrong?