Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice wonders if race and gender have anything to do with the criticism she’s facing during an interview with Michael Tomasky for New York Magazine.
Rice, who worked in the Obama administration, is alleged to have been involvement in “unmasking” Trump associates during the 2016 presidential election. During her interview with Tomasky, Rice reportedly asked, “Why me? Why not Jay Carney, for example, who was then our press secretary, who stood up more?”
Tomasky suggested that Carney’s race and gender might be a factor, since he isn’t “an African-American woman.”
“I don’t know… I do not leap to the simple explanation that it’s only about race and gender,” Rice replied. “I’m trying to keep my theories to myself until I’m ready to come out with them. It’s not because I don’t have any.”
Rice didn’t mind pointing out that she felt other women, like Hillary Clinton, faced personal attacks as opposed to attacks based on their position.
Fox News reports that a Republican source on Capitol Hill responded to Rice’s comments, saying, “This is screaming out for attention… She’s saying I don’t know why they all started picking on me to begin with.”
The source brought up the fact that Rice is not the lone focus of the congressional investigation. They’ve issued subpoenas to the NSA, CIA and FBI to uncover unmasking information related to Rice and two others: former CIA Director John Brennan and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.
Rice has said she “knew nothing” about the unmasking of Trump associates, but has also admitted she’d “sought out the identities of Trump associates who communicated with foreigners,” which is what “unmasking” is.
But, Rice contends, “I leaked nothing to nobody.”
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