Susan Rice has had a problem with the truth for several years – she doesn’t tell it.

Her association with Barack Obama’s administration – specifically in her capacity as his ambassador to the United Nations and then as his National Security Adviser – largely protected her from censure for her misrepresentations to the American people on a number of sensitive topics.

It was Rice who peddled the “it was an anti-Muslim video” excuse on all five Sunday news programs days after the September 11, 2012 terror attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi threatened Obama’s re-election as he campaigned on the assertion that ISIS was “a JV team” and “on the run” just weeks before the election.

A few years later, it was Rice who again took to the airwaves to laud Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as having “served the nation with honor and distinction” to justify Obama’s trade of five top-level Taliban leaders for the Army deserter who is currently facing a court-martial.

But those days may be over for Rice, as she may have gone a step too far in abusing her power in the White House to gain access to classified information and using it for strictly political purposes.

Investigations in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate are being expanded as Rice’s actions allegedly “unmasking” the identities of U.S. citizens, specifically political opponent Donald Trump, members of his campaign and transition staffs and even his own family.

A member of the House Intelligence Committee who spoke only on condition of anonymity told Fox News that the longtime Obama operative is now under “a full-blown investigation.”

The term “unmasking” refers to the request that federal intelligence agencies reveal the names of American citizens mentioned in the surveillance of foreigners obtained pursuant to a valid warrant from the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) upon a showing of probable cause.

Americans may not be surveilled.

The names are protected by the use of minimization procedures” to protect their identities and may be revealed or "unmasked" only to understand the intelligence in context or upon the belief that the unnamed citizen was committing a crime.

Those names are known only to a few within the intelligence community – the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Council (NSC) – who are charged with collecting and analyzing intelligence data for dissemination to the president.

The sharing of the masked information is limited, but was widely expanded in the waning days of the Obama administration when the president approved a sweeping change to that rule allowing previously masked information to be shared by 16 additional agencies.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) inspected documents that convinced him that Rice had requested that the names be unmasked, which were then shared for allegedly political use against Trump during the presidential primaries and general election campaigning, as well as during the transition period after he was elected.

The anonymous House Committee member said, “We will be performing an accounting of all unmasking for political purposes focused on the previous White House administration. This is now a full-blown investigation.”

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) will head up the investigation in the House after Nunes was pushed to recuse himself from proceedings regarding the Rice allegations after he spoke to the president and the press about his inspection of the documents without including his Democrat counterpart, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).

Rep. Trey Gowdy, an experienced federal prosecutor and dangerous questioner in committee hearings, is expected to take the lead in questioning Rice when she is called to testify in the coming weeks.

Rice may have created a serious problem for herself when she went on the record in two television interviews first denying ay knowledge of the unmasking of the names and then admitting that she did, in fact, request unmasking.

There are 12 Republicans members of the House Committee, excluding Nunes, any one of whom may have leaked the information to Fox that the Rice investigation is “full-blown” – news that cannot be good for Rice, who is no longer protected by her proximity to Barack Obama and her role as his administration’s “Ms. Fix-It.”

Rice’s unflinching willingness to lie to the American public to protect Barack Obama most recently drew attention when Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of deadly sarin gas on innocent civilians last week disproved her claim that Obama’s 2014 deal with Assad had resulted in the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal for destruction.

Any of the millions of YouTube viewers who watch Trey Gowdy interrogate witnesses before House committees with an almost fan-club like fervor will be tuning in to watch the fireworks when he puts Rice on the hot seat.

 
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