Embattled former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice was set to appear in Rochester, NY, on Saturday evening for a “Women Helping Girls” event at the Kodak Center for Performing Arts. But the night before, Rochester was informed that the “Evening With Ambassador Susan Rice” was called off due to – wait for it – a “ticketing error.”
“GRAB of AAUW was very much looking forward to hosting Ambassador Susan E. Rice in Rochester to inspire young women who are soon to embark on their chosen careers,” said VP of Development for AAUW Cheryl McKeiver. “Unfortunately, we regret that we must cancel the conference originally scheduled for Saturday, April 8 due to a ticketing error.”
McKeiver added that Rice agreed to come back to Rochester “in the coming months.” The city in upstate New York won’t hold its breath.
Not that anyone would even question the sincerity of this “ticketing error” excuse, but Rice just so happens to be making waves in the media these days for unsavory, possibly illegal, behavior.
According to Fox News, last week, multiple sources said that the former Obama adviser repeatedly requested the unmasking of the names of Trump transition team members who were incidentally caught in surveillance. Fox News reports:
The unmasked names, of people associated with Donald Trump, were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan – essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes.
The names were part of incidental electronic surveillance of candidate and President-elect Trump and people close to him, including family members, for up to a year before he took office.
Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova told The Daily Caller that at the request of Rice, the intelligence community created “detailed spreadsheets of the intercepted calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals. The overheard conversations involved no illegal activity by anybody of the Trump associates, or anyone they were speaking with. In short, the only apparent illegal activity was the unmasking of the people in the calls.”
Rice was also recently blasted for her past media appearances in which she praised the Obama Administration’s success of ridding Assad of all chemical weapons. This is false, of course, as Assad gassed his own people with chemical weapons just last week.
But, yes, we’re sure it was a mere “ticketing error.”