Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Trump, Suggests Susan Rice Committed Crime, offering no evidence

Trump, Suggests Susan Rice Committed Crime, offering no evidence

The president earlier told The New York Times he thinks Rice committed a crime.

But he hasn't shared any evidence to back up that claim.

"I think the Susan Rice thing is a massive story", he told the newspaper.

He continued,"It's such an important story for our country and the world".

According to Eli Lake of Bloomberg, Rice "requested the identities of USA persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign".

So when Rice insists allegations the Obama White House spied on now-President Donald Trump and his associates past year are "absolutely false", there is no reason to believe her. According to five US intelligence officials, Rice followed standard procedure in requesting the National Security Agency to reveal to her the names of American citizens who had been in contact with Russians whose communications were monitored by USA intelligence. "Sometimes, in that context, in order to understand the importance of the report, and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out or request that information as to who that USA official was".

Whenever an unmasking request is made, the agency that gathered the surveillance makes the decision about whether or not to reveal the American's name.

Whoever leaked the classified information regarding the unmasked names might have committed a crime. USA persons cannot be surveilled without a warrant, but the "unmasking" of such names can be requested if it is necessary for a national security objective. If Rice asked for names to be unmasked, those would have been lower level officials or those without specific titles. Nunes has denied acting on behalf of the White House. Whether or not Rice conducted the requests within the confines of federal law remains unclear.

"If true, these are extremely serious allegations, that basically Susan Rice, according to these allegations was unmasking or making known the names of Americans whose names appeared surveillance of foreign officials".

Rice denied that she had leaked details about Flynn's call, saying, "I leaked nothing to nobody". "Nothing of the sort occurred", Rice said on PBS "NewsHour" in her first interview since leaving her White House job. The president's advisers quickly embraced Nunes' revelations, but did not acknowledge at the time that the congressman had viewed the information at the White House with the help of White House officials. Will you advocate for war without constitutional or congressional authority?' And she said no.

A source in the Senate Intelligence Committee had a similar story. Nunes has said he will not step down from his position as chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

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