New details about Susan Rice’s response to Russia’s alleged election meddling are being revealed in excerpts from Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump, as reported by The Daily Caller.
The former national security advisor reportedly demanded national security council officials to “stand down” from developing aggressive options in response to the Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.
An NSC official, Michael Daniel, told of several plans to attempt to end Russia’s meddling. The plans were meant to strike fear into Russian President Vladimir Putin and “included surreptitiously releasing personal information about Putin’s family, which revealed corruption in Putin’s political party, and even crafting a large cybersecurity exercise as a public threat to Russia.”
Daniel also told the authors of the book of Rice’s response when she discovered his planning.
“One day in late August, national security adviser Susan Rice called Daniel into her office and demanded he cease and desist from working on the cyber options he was developing. ‘Don’t get ahead of us,’ she warned him. The White House was not prepared to endorse any of these ideas. Daniel and his team in the White House cyber response group were given strict orders: ‘Stand down.’ She told Daniel to ‘knock it off,’ he recalled.”
In disbelief by the order, Daniel’s top deputies were trying to understand.
“‘Why the hell are we standing down? Michael, can you help us understand?’ Daniel informed them that the orders came from both Rice and Monaco. They were concerned that if the options were to leak, it would force Obama to act. ‘They didn’t want to box the president in.'”
In September 2016, President Obama took matters into his own hands and, in terms of election meddling, reportedly told Putin to ‘knock it off’ with warnings of consequences if the interfering continued.