Without evidence, Trump says Susan Rice may have acted criminally

The former National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, did not deny she asked for the names of Trump campaign and transition officials to be unmasked in intelligence reports - insisting individuals in intelligence reports were often unmasked.

During an interview with New York Times's Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush on Thursday, President Trump was asked about the battle over Neil Gorsuch, his Supreme Court nominee.

Speaking with the Times, Trump said Rice's actions as national security adviser is "going to be the biggest story".

He continued,"It's such an important story for our country and the world". There were reports a couple of years ago that all of Italy's phone calls were absorbed in a one month period of time. Asked directly if he thought Rice had broken the law, Trump responded, "Do I think?".

Trump has also claimed, without evidence, that Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower during the election.

In many instances, one official said, she did it to understand, per Obama's request, how far Russian meddling in the presidential election had gone and whether or not there was any possible collusion with Trump officials.

Rice has come under fire this week amid reports that she was responsible for the unmasking of the identities of Trump associates.

Rice served as the national security adviser to President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017 and was one of several senior national security officials authorised to request the identity of USA persons who appear in classified intelligence reports. "Yes, I think", but he cited no evidence to support the claim. The people in charge of the collection need to be asked if Susan Rice ever asked for any of the material you collected to be unmasked, and if she did, what did she do with it? "That's absolutely false", Rice said on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports".

Rice said she did not leak any classified information.

"I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would, ' she told MSNBC".

The White House is not supposed to investigate people.

The woman at the center of the Trump surveillance story is trying to get her version of what happened out there. In that capacity, she oversaw the National Security Council Staff, chairs the Cabinet-level National Security Principals Committee, provided the president's daily national security briefing, and was responsible for the coordination and integration of the administration's foreign policy, intelligence and military efforts. US officials may request-but not order-Americans' names unmasked for a few select reasons.

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.

  • Salvatore Jensen