Rand Paul Claims Susan Rice 'Abused The System' For 'Political Purposes'

Susan Rice with her successor as national-security adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

She also denied disclosing the name of former national security advisor Michael Flynn, her short-lived successor who resigned over his controversial contacts with Russian Federation: "I leaked nothing to nobody, and never have and never would", the former diplomat said.

Meghan McCain says she's been extremely disappointed in how the media has covered the Susan Rice "unmasking" revelations.

In an interview on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports", Rice was asked to address allegations that she had used US intelligence for political purposes by unmasking certain names of Americans. "That's absolutely false", she told MSNBC television. However, senior national security officials can request the identities of the Americans if that helps understand the intelligence better.

Bloomberg reported Monday evening that Rice sought the names of Trump transition officials whose communications were swept up incidentally during routine monitoring of foreign officials.

While spending an entire month endlessly criticizing Donald Trump for his allegations that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower each network spent less than a minute reporting this latest development which supports the idea the Obama Administration was secretly gathering intelligence on the Trump team.

The reported goal of his visit was to view National Security Council logs detailing Rice's unmasking requests.

In the interview with MSNBC, Rice also criticized Trump's claim of wiretapping by the Obama administration, saying it had no basis in fact. US intelligence agencies routinely do legal surveillance of foreign nationals thanks to a section of law in the "Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act", generally referred to as FISA. "Absolutely not for any political purposes, to spy, to expose, for anything".

Rice's successor, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, was dismissed by Trump just weeks into office after he misrepresented his conversations with Russia's US ambassador to White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence.

Whether or not she did it this time, I don't know.

"The overheard conversations involved no illegal activity by anybody of the Trump associates, or anyone they were speaking with", diGenova said.

This legal process is distinct from "leaking", which involves illegally distributing classified information to unauthorized people.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky called such reports a "smoking gun" and said she should be subpoenaed to testify. Sen.

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