Netflix Adds Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice to Board of Directors

In the past few weeks, at least two different people with backgrounds in television have joined the Trump administration: one former Fox & Friends host was named undersecretary of state and one former Disney Channel star has joined the White House press team. These moves are somewhat troubling because White House jobs are challenging and require a certain kind of experience that you simply don’t tend to get in television.

It makes a little bit more sense to go the other way: after years in demanding, dynamic jobs in government, a former White House employee might want to move to an executive position at a network where they can shape programming and influence pop culture. After all, Barack Obama himself is said to be in talks with Netflix, Apple, and Amazon for a possible content deal

That’s just what Susan Rice, former U.S. National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the United Nations, has chosen to do. She joined Netflix’s board of directors, the company announced today.

“We are delighted to welcome Ambassador Rice to the Netflix board,” said Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings. “For decades, she has tackled difficult, complex global issues with intelligence, integrity and insight and we look forward to benefiting from her experience and wisdom.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the board of directors of Netflix, a cutting-edge company whose leadership, high-quality productions, and unique culture I deeply admire,” Rice said.

Rice was an Obama-era U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2009-13. From 2013-17, she chaired the Cabinet-level National Security Principals committee which saw her give the daily national security briefing to President Obama. She was also “responsible for the formulation, coordination and implementation of all aspects of the administration’s foreign and national security policy, intelligence and military efforts,” per Deadline.

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Did Trump Just Admit to Obstruction of Justice?

Donald Trump’s latest tweet has sparked more allegations of obstruction of justice.

On Saturday, POTUS took to the social media platform to defend Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with former Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI,” the president tweeted. “He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”

Many politicians and political commentators said they believe this single tweet was an admission to obstruction of justice. You see: Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser back in February; Trump’s most recent tweet implies he was aware the general had lied to federal authorities in the month prior. So if Trump knew about Flynn’s crime, why would he allegedly ask former FBI director James Comey to drop the investigation of Flynn shortly after he was ousted? During a testimony back in June, Comey told Congress the president asked him to consider “letting Flynn go.”

Trump fired Comey in May.  

As he was departing from the White House on Saturday morning, several reporters asked Trump about his thoughts on Flynn’s recent guilty plea. The president suggested he was not worried, and instead focused on the passing of the GOP tax bill.

“No, I’m not. And what has been shown is no collusion, no collusion,” Trump said. “There’s been absolutely no collusion so we’re very happy, and frankly last night was one of the big nights.”  

 

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