Classified docs contradict Nunes surveillance claims, GOP and Dem sources say

Lucy Hill
April 13, 2017

"The astonishing reports that senior White House officials in the Obama Administration, most notably then-National Security Advisor Susan Rice, may have abused their powers of office to violate the 4th Amendment protections by "unmasking" the identities of US citizens involved with the Donald J. Trump presidential campaign in intelligence reports gives great cause for concern", stated a letter Rep. Brian Babin sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday.

The documents seen by lawmakers at the National Security Agency's headquarters show no evidence that President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, acted illegally by requesting that the names of some United States citizens be unmasked during investigations into Russia's alleged involvement in the U.S. election, CNN reported on Tuesday.

Subsequent reports indicated former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the unmasking.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump's initial national security adviser, is one known example of a Trump campaign official whose name was unmasked from an intelligence report and leaked to the press. That lawmaker called on the White House to declassify them.

CNN reports that some lawmakers are still concerned about "the justification" for making unmasking requests as well as intelligence community protocols for deliberating whether to accept or deny such requests to identify private USA citizens, whose names are normally redacted in intelligence reports. Another said there is "absolutely" no conclusive evidence that Rice did anything wrong or illegal.

The fecal matter hit the ventilation system in late March when House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes publicly revealed certain aspects of the bipartisan group's investigation. But ranking Democrat Adam Schiff eventually secured the president's permission allowing committee members to view the reports.

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Despite these assurances, however, the report notes other members of Congress still have concerns about the Obama administration's alleged surveillance of the Trump campaign.

"When you look at Susan Rice and what's going on, and so many people are coming up to me and apologizing now", Trump said.

'Perhaps I didn't know how right I was, because nobody knew the extent of it'. "If I read it and I think, in order for me to really understand is this significant or not so significant, I need to understand who the "U.S. person" is", Rice said. "I believe Susan Rice abused this system and she did it for political purposes", Republican Sen. The following day, he held a press conference, disclosing the existence of those reports to the public-an act which many legal experts argue constitutes the unauthorized disclosure of classified information.

Nunes' office did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

A former member of the Trump transition team, Nunes has been accused of colluding with the White House to derail his committee's investigation into Russian Federation by redirecting its focus with unfounded accusations aimed at the Obama administration.

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