05 April, 2017
Republicans are calling for answers amid reports that President Obama's former national security adviser unmasked Trump transition officials in intelligence documents that were disseminated throughout the intelligence community.
If only to recap what the public has learned over the past month, a consensus of sorts has emerged that during the final months of the Obama administration, Trump and/or his associates were caught up in "incidental collection" tied to surveillance of foreign nationals.
"Hugh, Susan Rice is the Typhoid Mary of the Obama administration foreign policy". "We will not stop until we find out what happened".
Over the last 24 hours, the network has also repeatedly called on its chief national security correspondent, Jim Sciutto, to dismiss the reports as a non-story; Sciutto has even excused Rice claiming ignorance of the unmasking scandal two weeks ago, arguing Rice "wasn't aware" what unmasking Rep. Devin Nunes (D-Calif.) was referring to.
Since Lemon's program, we have learned that Rice allegedly "maintained spreadsheets of their (the Trump campaign's) telephone calls".
White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice, shakes hands with incoming White House National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn, during the 2017 Passing The Baton conference at the United States Institute of Peace. Flynn was sacked after it became clear that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and others about the content of those discussions.
"I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would", Ms Rice replied.
In an interview Tuesday with MSNBC, Rice didn't deny requesting that intelligence agencies provide her with the names of Trump officials overheard talking with or mentioned by foreign officials or people overseas on secretly recorded calls.
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Rice appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, and CNN and regurgitated talking points purporting that the protests that had erupted "spontaneously" near two US government facilities in Benghazi, Libya and were a result of a "hateful video" that was offensive to Islam. Privacy advocates have raised concerns that the new rules - which are yet to be fully implemented - would lead to the information being shared too broadly.
Rice said as a result of that review, intelligence agencies were generating more reports that were shared with senior policymakers like herself. The counsel's office ordered him to stand down because the lawyers did not want the White House to be running an independent investigation into the prior administration.
"The smoking gun is that President Trump said he was wiretapped", he elaborated on MSNBC.
Bloomberg reporter Eli Lake confirmed this in a bombshell April 3 report in which he said the demasked reports "contained valuable political information on the Trump transition".
"I realize there has been lots of discussion and controversy around this", Rice said. The top-ranking Democrat on the committee, Adam Schiff, later said that, per Nunes, most of the names in the intercepts remained masked, but that the chairman said he could still piece together the identities of those involved. Schiff now has seen the same intelligence information as his Republican counterpart and has said nothing in it "justifies such duplicitous conduct" on the White House's behalf.
Also factor in House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes's disclosure in a March 22 press conference that the names of Trump campaign or transition officials were demasked from NSA reports that had nothing to do with Russian Federation or alleged wrongdoing by the Trump campaign.
"When it comes to Susan Rice, you need to verify, not trust", said Sen.