Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump accuses Obama administration official of 'crime'

These intelligence reports became the subject of controversy after reports surfaced that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice "unmasked" United States citizens who were swept up in the incidental surveillance. The law requires that identities of USA persons picked up or mentioned during the course of foreign surveillance be masked; that is, that they be shielded from people reading the reports. That process is called "unmasking", and Rice had the authority to do so while serving as national security adviser. Some of the names of the Americans involved may have been "unmasked" - revealed within secret channels so senior leaders with the appropriate clearances could see them.

"It certainly looks like she may have", Trump said, shortly after his joint press conference with Jordan's King Abdullah II at the White House.

We're told by a source who has seen the unmasked documents that they included political information about the Trump transition team's meetings and policy intentions. Trump said in an interview with The New York Times this week.

When Rice was asked if she was the one who leaked former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn's name, she responded, "I leaked nothing to nobody, and never have and never would".

She didn't "leak", she only "unmasked".

There is no other reasonable or plausible explanation for why Rice specifically targeted members of the Trump campaign.

Or maybe it's not sexism or racism, but the fact that Rice - with her clear history of dishonest public statements - has totally altered her story. This official and two other intelligence officials said the NSA often receives dozens of such requests in a month.

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?"

"I leaked nothing to nobody", she said.

All three networks gave full reports to the Susan Rice scandal Wednesday morning, but spent the majority of the time deflecting blame from Rice to attack President Trump. Typically, when Americans are swept up in foreign surveillance, they are referred to as something like "Person One", hiding their names.

Trump's post set in motion a sometimes baffling chain of events as the White House and its allies in Congress tried to make the president's charge be true.

On Thursday, Nunes announced he had been the subject of accusations to the House Ethics Committee related to the White House episode, ones he called baseless.

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". Will you advocate for war without constitutional or congressional authority?' And she said no.

Rice may now face an inquiry by the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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