Trump tells newspaper Obama aide might have broken the law

12 April, 2017, 04:30 | Author: Sam Montgomery

The president declined multiple requests to provide substantive evidence or the names of Obama administration officials he claims were involved.

I'll take her word for it, though if it had been so pristine, it's unclear why Rice had previously lied and claimed no knowledge of any of it. More important is what the rest of the world thinks about him. "It's one of the big stories of our time". The president did not offer any evidence for his claims.

Both of the acts imputed to Rice, who has denied all wrongdoing, will be hard of proof, especially, if cast as quasi-criminal or criminal in nature.

Ms. Rice said Tuesday the notion she used her powers to unmask members of the Trump campaign or transition for political purposes was "absolutely false", describing the activities as routine.

"I leaked nothing to nobody, and never have and never would", Rice told MSNBC.

When asked whether Rice, who has denied leaking the names of Trump associates under surveillance by USA intelligence agencies, had committed a crime, the president said, "Do I think? They believe there would have been nothing worrisome about Rice asking for the names of Trump officials to be unmasked while in her post as the administration's top national security official".

When a name is unmasked it is only provided to the official who requested it, and therefore unmasking is not equivalent to leaking the name.

Warner told NPR he thought Nunes' behavior has been "bizarre, to say the least", but he repeated that he and Burr were committed to working together in a less dramatic fashion and would continue to stick together as the inquiry goes on. Trump said the chemical weapons attack in Syria was "an affront to humanity", and it "crossed a lot of lines" for him.

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The Trump White House has been particularly incensed that intercepted conversations between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russia's ambassador to the US surfaced in news reports before the inauguration. What we're seeing here is USA officials doing jobs to respond to what had markers of a counterintelligence threat: "the Trump campaign". Republicans and Democrats have agreed on the witnesses to be called, Ryan said.

Rice did not detail which Trump officials she unmasked or why, but current and former US officials have told ABC News it happened on a number of occasions. "When she was turned down - the NSA fears breaking laws for any White House, since they know they will be left holding the bag in the end - Rice kept pushing".

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

Two congressional committees are also investigating Flynn as part of larger probes into the Kremlin's influence on the 2016 election and possible coordination with Trump associates.

"I think she ought to testify under oath on this", Paul said, according to a Hill report.

"I leaked nothing to nobody", she said.

The press conference came after Nunes reviewed classified documents that he says he got from a secret source.

Such requests, which a number of senior officials are authorized to make, trigger a legal and intelligence review by the agency to determine whether revealing the name has potential intelligence value and could expose a security threat to the United States, said one of the officials, who is familiar with the process and spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal intelligence procedures.

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