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05 April 2017, 02:00 | Nichole Osborne
In her interview, Rice rejected allegations that improper, or possibly illegal, surveillance and unmasking was done against Trump officials before and after the presidential election.
This is typically done because the official needs the name to understand the full context of the report. "That is absolutely false".
At a March 20 House intelligence committee hearing, FBI Director James Comey addressed this issue when asked if Rice would have access to an unmasked American's name.
The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group published a report Monday quoting former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova, while a few other media outlets cited "sources". "An example would be for the redaction to state "[minimized US person A]".
It wouldn't surprise me if former Deputy National Security Council Ben Rhodes was deeply involved in this campaign. Citing anonymous "U.S. officials familiar with the matter", Lake reported Monday that the former national security adviser "requested the identities of US persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign".
Rice's interview came amid a growing controversy that the Obama administration abused USA intelligence to spy on the Trump campaign and leak intelligence to the press to hurt Trump. But let me explain this: First of all, Andrea, to talk about the contents of a classified report, to talk about the individuals on the foreign side, who were the targets of the report itself, or any Americans who may have been collected upon, incidentally, is to disclose classified information.
Long a favorite target of the Republicans, Rice was plunged into controversy after blogger Mike Cernovich, best known for promoting the bogus story that a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor was a nest of pedophiles connected to Hillary Clinton, claimed she had sought to "unmask" Trump campaign aides.
"There were occasions when I would receive a report in which a US person was referred to".
Democrats says the Rice story is a smokescreen meant to distract from the Russian election probe.
In early December, Obama ordered a review of the Russia-related hacking.
One is legal and the other isn't.
Per Rogers: first, a "valid need to know", and, second, an affirmative answer to the question: "Is the identification necessary to truly understand the intelligence value the report is created to generate?" Rice's involvement - as it relates to her reported role in the unmasking of Trump aids and circulating sensitive information - places the longtime Obama operative at the center of another major political scandal. This is a requirement, in my view, why we need a select committee in order to get through all this because there's lots more shoes that will drop.
"I believe Susan Rice abused the system and she did it for political purposes".
In nominating her to the ambassador's post, Obama called Rice "a close and trusted adviser" and said she "shares my belief that the United Nations is an indispensable - and imperfect - forum".
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