Donald Trump Ridicules 'Horrible' Susan Rice Interview with Andrea Mitchell


Next we hear allegations that former national security adviser Susan Rice sought to unmask the names of Americans affiliated with Trump's team who appeared in foreign surveillance intelligence reports. Last month, he accused Obama of wiretapping his NY skyscraper and later said Obama had spied on his campaign.

"I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled", Trump told the Times in an Oval Office interview.

"Well I think the American people have a right to know what was going on".

He continued,"It's such an important story for our country and the world. It is one of the big stories of our time".

Rice, in the Trump construction, may have masterminded a Richard Nixon-like campaign of spying on Obama's political opponents, one that stretched back years before the presidential transition in which she has been accused.

Rice denied that she had leaked details about Flynn's call, saying, "I leaked nothing to nobody".

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Rice declined to comment through a spokeswoman: "I'm not going to dignify the President's ludicrous charge with a comment". What's more, he charged, the White House may have inappropriately asked intelligence agencies to reveal the identities of the Trump aides so that the Obama team could keep tabs on them.

Rice correctly said in her interview that policymakers sometimes request to know the identities of Americans from NSA reports to understand these reports in certain circumstances. Fox's Tucker Carlson said to his audience, "What exactly were the Obama people doing spying on the Trump people?", adding that "Our laws now provide no serious protection to US citizens from being spied upon for political reasons by their own government, and worse, it actually happens". The agencies that hold the raw surveillance transcripts - usually the NSA or the Federal Bureau of Investigation - make that decision.

Rice didn't and couldn't "order" the unmasking of any American, current and former officials say.

A Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee told Fox News that the intelligence reports in which some of President Donald Trump's associates were "unmasked" contained detailed information about the associates' everyday lives. She called the unmasking process routine and said she only did it when it pertained to matters of national security.

"I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never will", Rice said during an interview she chose to give to the ideologically compatible MSNBC.

President Donald Trump has dismissed the story as "fake news" and raised allegations of politically inspired spying by the Obama administration, but the investigations show no sign of abating anytime soon.

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Rice alluded to that Russian Federation probe in her interview, saying it was of "grave concern".

"Absolutely false. The intelligence community, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has made that very clear", she said.

In addition, since last summer, intelligence agencies have been investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, including its role in hacking into Democratic email systems and distributing stolen communications and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

In other words she had seen reports about people associated to Trump's campaign and transition that were accidentally surveilled due to their dealings with Russian government officials and nationals.

The press conference came after Nunes reviewed classified documents that he says he got from a secret source.

The dispute revolves around so-called "incidental collection"- when USA intelligence agencies inadvertently pick up the names or conversations of US persons on wiretaps or other communications intercepts. The notion that he might want to advance USA interests is a good thing. I've never seen people so indignant, including many Democrats who are friends of mine.

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