Susan Rice responsible for unmasking intercepts of Trump associates

13 April, 2017, 02:39 | Author: Priscilla Morrison

Without knowing the precise nature of the intelligence documents, which neither the Trump administration nor any Republican legislators complicit with this charade claim to know, the assertion that Rice abused her role is completely unjustifiable.

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.

Rice, in an interview on MSNBC, would not say whether she had viewed intelligence involving Trump and his aides. More than Hillary Clinton's, it was her post-Benghazi comments that gave the Obama administration major headaches, given Rice said the attack appeared to result from spontaneous protests due to an anti-Islam video.

When asked whether Rice, who has denied leaking the names of Trump associates under surveillance by US intelligence agencies, had committed a crime, the president said, "Do I think?"

"The charges [against Nunes] are entirely false and politically motivated, and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of USA citizens and other abuses of power", he said.

"Do I think? Yes, I think", Trump replied.

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"I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled", said Trump. Law enforcement, congressional and intelligence officials have called that allegation untrue.

"But I would say the American people have a right to know if there was surveillance of any private citizen in this country", he added in the Fox News interview.

In January, the Justice Department and intelligence officials agreed on new rules giving more US agencies access to raw information picked up overseas by the National Security Agency.

Nunes also said he confirmed that "additional names of Trump transition team members were unmasked".

If the information involving Americans has no intelligence value, it is supposed to be destroyed. 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. Even Republicans who have been critical of White House efforts to muddy the Russian Federation investigations have said it is imperative to get to the bottom of her handling of Trump-related intelligence. Rice remained a target, however, for conservatives and critics of Obama's handling of the Syrian civil war - and she also made enemies within the government over what critics called her irresolution and micromanagement. It might very well have been President Obama, Susan Rice and other members of the Obama administration who were actually doing the meddling to try to defeat Trump. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

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