CNN's Van Jones ripped President Trump and the "right wing media" for attacking Obama National Security Adviser for "doing her job." Jones said Trump has declared Rice guilty of a crime with "zero facts." He also explained why he believes Susan Rice deserves the Presidential Medal Of Freedom from Trump.
"What crime?" he asked on Wednesday's broadcast of his CNN short The Messy Truth.
JONES: I want to talk about a couple other names in the news. Donald Trump, Susan Rice and Jared Kushner. Now with his usual zero facts and no evidence, President Trump today declared that Susan Rice is guilty of a crime. What crime? Didn't say. And with the same zero facts he says that Bill O'Reilly is innocent. I'm going to get to Bill later in the show but let me say a couple words about Susan Rice. The right wing media wants to burn Susan Rice at the stake for doing her job. That's it. Susan Rice was our National Security Adviser.
Jones said those 'unmasked' through Rice's surveillance were "sketchy people doing possibly sketchy thing."
"It doesn't mean revealing that to the world. That would be illegal," Jones said.
Jones said that Rice didn't reveal the names to the public, she revealed them to herself at her desk "so [she] can do a better job advising the president."
Jones also said Trump should give Susan Rice the Presidential Medal of Freedom for being a "professional." In fact, Jones said Trump should be thankful that Rice did not reveal the results of her investigation during the election.
"Donald Trump should give Susan Rice the Presidential Medal of Freedom," Jones suggested. "Somebody like [FBI Director] James Comey would have run to the cameras, created a huge firestorm and possibly wrecked his campaign. So Republicans should love Susan Rice. They should thank Susan Rice. Thank you for being a professional. Instead, they are throwing fits. Why? Maybe they don't want you to think about what Susan Rice unmasked. People on Trump's team possibly playing footsie with bad guys from Russia."
"She could have run around screaming bloody murder. 'Look what I found, look what I found.' She didn't do that. She got very disturbing information and she looked into it," Jones said.
JONES: To give good advice, you gotta ask good questions, especially when fishy looking stuff lands on your desk. Okay? Now, finding out for yourself the names of sketchy people doing possibly sketchy things is called 'unmasking.' Okay? It doesn't mean revealing that to the world. That would be illegal. It does mean revealing those names to yourself at your desk so you can do a better job advising the president.
As best we can tell, that's all she did. Her job. Now, if she were a terrible person, up to no good, trying to ruin Donald Trump, you know what she would have done, what she could have done? She could have called a press conference in the middle of the election like James Comey did from the FBI. Okay.
She could have run around screaming bloody murder. 'Look what I found, look what I found!' She didn't do that. She got very disturbing information and she looked into it. And as best we can tell, she did her job inside the proper channels. For doing this, Donald Trump should give Susan Rice the Presidential Medal of Freedom.