Susan Rice's NSA demasking denials don't add up — Former CIA Analyst

Asked whether he believed Rice broke the law, Trump said, "Do I think?" He added, "It's such an important story for our country and the world".

The president suggested Wednesday that Rice may have committed a crime, though he failed to provide evidence showing how. Rice denied that allegation. In an interview on Tuesday with MSNBC, she said: "The allegation is that somehow the Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes".

After MSNBC commentator Simon Marks said Tuesday on "Hardball" with host Chris Matthews that Republicans "looking for a pinata" "found one in Susan Rice", Matthews interjected, saying, "notice it's always a female".

Nevertheless, Rice, who has a history of being a controversial figure within the Obama administration, was involved in examining intelligence related to individuals affiliated with Trump's campaign and transition team, and her actions are being heavily scrutinized.

Susan Rice has repeatedly changed her story over the last 15 days and given two different answers about the unmasking of Trump transition officials who were caught up in the surveillance of foreign officials.

The supposed "unmasking" of Trump's affiliates doesn't mean Rice revealed their identities either, according to the news network. US persons cannot be surveilled without a warrant, but the "unmasking" of such names can be requested if it is necessary for a national security goal. If the former national security adviser is lying about leaking classified information to the media regarding top staffers to the Trump campaign, that's something the public needs to know about - and authorities need to act on - immediately.

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. "Yes, I think", but he cited no evidence to support the claim. Trump told the newspaper when asked.

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In a New York Times interview published Wednesday afternoon, Trump again accused someone of a crime, citing zero evidence. In an interview on MSNBC on Tuesday, however, she explained how requesting the identities of USA officials in intelligence reports was sometimes necessary to do for her job as national security adviser.

Moreover, she and her partisans insist, seeking and achieving this "unmasking" (from either the director of the National Security Agency or the FBI) was entirely within her legal right as national-security adviser.

An April 3 Daily Caller report that Rice ordered USA spy agencies to produce "detailed spreadsheets" of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president makes this story more interesting. Maybe she was especially anxious that Russian Federation was colluding with the Trump campaign to influence the election and was looking for a pattern of behavior by Trump associates.

Rice in recent days has been in the spotlight amid reports she ordered the unmasking of American citizens' identities in surveillance collected while she was the NSA.

"I think the Susan Rice thing is a huge story". After viewing the same information, Ranking Member Adam Schiff also said he could not discuss the details and then began muting his criticism. To many observers, Nunes' effort backfired because it simply provided more evidence of contact between the Trump team and Russian officials who tried to influence the US election.

Well, first I would try to find out if these allegations are true. He told the Times he would say more "at the right time". A congressional aide said there were more than a dozen people on the list.

That's the take of Rep. Peter King, who sits on the House Intelligence committee. "I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today".

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