Susan Rice Denies Trump Team Targeted, Senator Calls for Investigation

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Tuesday strongly rejected allegations that she improperly requested the "unmasking" of the identities of Trump associates whose communications were picked up in surveillance conducted by United States intelligence.

"The allegation is that somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes", Rice told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

Since news broke Monday that the Obama Administration's National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, directed the "unmasking" of NSA intercepts of Trump associates, CNN has raced to shoot down the blockbuster report.

She never revealed the identities of any of the Trump associates whose names appeared in the unmasked reports, Rice said. If foreign officials were seeking to shape USA policy or get a leg up, intercepts could have been useful to the national security adviser, and Rice might have wanted names unmasked to make those intercepts intelligible.

She also added, "So, today, I really don't know to what Chairman Nunes was referring, but he said that whatever he was referring to was a legal, lawful surveillance, and that it was potentially incidental collection on American citizens".

"That Obama national security adviser Susan Rice is alleged to have been responsible for this unmasking is troubling given her history of deceit and her close relationship with then-President Obama", DeSantis said. She said she was made aware of Flynn's ties to Turkey only when it was reported by the press.

The Trump White House has been particularly incensed that intercepted conversations between national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia's ambassador to the US surfaced in news reports before the inauguration.

But Rice told Mitchell that she "leaked nothing to nobody".

"That's the only area where we know a crime has been committed because David Ignatius wrote that column about Mike Flynn and the Russian ambassador, and whoever provided that information to him acted outside of the law and we should get to the bottom of that just like we should get to the bottom of the first two issue sets", Cotton said.

A Republican congressman who's emerged as Russia's top defender on Capitol Hill will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday.

"Susan Rice should be under subpoena", said Senator Paul. However, senior national security officials can request the identities of the Americans if that helps understand the intelligence better.

Rice said none of the information was used in any political context against the Trump campaign in his run for the White House a year ago. "We had very civil and cordial interactions, and he conducted himself professionally and I did the same".

Trump retweeted an article Tuesday from the conservative Daily Caller that didn't cite any firsthand sources, but it said that Rice ordered officials to create spreadsheets of Trump associates' phone calls that were collected in intelligence operations.

"There were occasions when I would receive a report in which a US person was referred to, name not provided", Ms. Rice told host Andrea Mitchell. "I've been called a lot of things by folks on the right that are unfair and disingenuous", she said. "Sometimes in that context in order to understand the significance of the report and assess its significance, it was necessary to request the information as to who that person was".

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