GOP member of House Intelligence Committee claims 'unmasked' reports were detailed

Janie Parker
April 12, 2017

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he thought that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice may have committed a crime by seeking the identities of Trump associates who were swept up in the surveillance of foreign officials by us spy agencies.

The New York Times reported that the new president declined to say whether he had reviewed the intelligence reports but promised to explain himself "at the right time".

In an interview Tuesday with MSNBC, Rice said: "The allegation is that somehow the Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes".

The White House charges that it was Rice who may have abused her power as President Barack Obama's national security adviser and effectively snooped on Trump's presidential transition.

"There is an established process for senior national security officials to ask for the identity of USA persons in these reports", she added.

She also said that she did not leak any names to the news media, saying publicly, "I leaked nothing to nobody". Trump said the following day that he believed Rice had committed a crime. Will you advocate for war without constitutional or congressional authority?' And she said no.

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After false starts and odd twists in the White House's counternarrative about the potential connections between President Trump's campaign and Russia's electoral meddling, the storyline has settled into a familiar arc: It's all Susan Rice's fault.

The National Security Council (NSC) has reportedly been tasked with looking into the matter.

"But I would say the American people have a right to know if there was surveillance of any private citizen in this country", he added in the Fox News interview. Just like yesterday, ABC and NBC offered the most biased coverage, going out of their way to attack Trump for his wiretapping claims instead of focusing on Rice's history of lying about the unmasking allegations. To many observers, Nunes' effort backfired because it simply provided more evidence of contact between the Trump team and Russian officials who tried to influence the USA election.

The House and Senate intelligence committees are conducting their own, simultaneous investigations. Nunes has denied acting on behalf of the White House. Unmasking does occur, but it is typically done by intelligence or law-enforcement officials engaged in anti-terror or espionage investigations. House Intel Chairman Nunes, whose own credibility has been challenged, claims that the security documents he saw at the White House, and then disclosed back to the White House, didn't refer to Russian Federation. The White House and Republican lawmakers dragging former President Obama's National Security Advisor into the conversation.

If so, then she may have violated US law. Lindsey Graham, a Rice enemy of many years. This includes the role he played in the 2012 Central Intelligence Agency talking points on the Benghazi terrorist attacks.

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