Trump, Suggests Susan Rice Committed Crime, offering no evidence
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 23:09
"I think it's going to be the biggest story", Trump told The New York Times on Wednesday, without offering any supporting evidence.
According to Eli Lake of Bloomberg, Rice "requested the identities of United States persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign".
Rice said through a spokeswoman that she would not dignify "the president's ludicrous charge with a comment".
Trump during the interview was surrounded at his desk by a half-dozen of his highest-ranking aides, including economic adviser Gary Cohn and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, along with Vice President Mike Pence. Occasionally, she would make a request to the intelligence community for the identities of those people in order to get more context for the reports and to determine if that person was a danger to national security, explained the Washington Examiner.
Rice became the subject of ire from Trump allies earlier this week after media reports said the former Obama official requested the identities of transition team members be unmasked in reports about surveillance of foreign targets.
The Trump associates, who were incidentally mentioned on intercepted communications during the Obama administration, were not under surveillance themselves, but had been recorded while speaking with foreigners who were under surveillance by the US.
Rice has denied any impropriety.
Rice, in an interview with MSNBC, acknowledged that she sometimes asked for the names of Americans referenced in reports.
Graham is the chairman of a Senate subcommittee that oversees the counterintelligence division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the potential ties between Trump's camp and Russian Federation.
Leaking classified information can be a criminal offense, which Rice denied doing - "I leaked nothing to nobody", she told MSNBC. She would not say whether she saw intelligence related to Trump associates or whether she asked for their identities, though she did say that reports related to Russian Federation increased in the final months of the presidential election campaign. The committee's chairman, Sen.
Citing no evidence, President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused his predecessor's national security adviser of breaking the law, one month after he accused former President Barack Obama of illegally wiretapping him. Democrat and Republican lawmakers continue to say no evidence supports this claim.