President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice is in the center of a political storm this week, drawn in by new revelations about her handling of intelligence reports in the waning days of the Obama administration.
President Trump hosted King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House, told the New York Times he thought former National Security Adviser Susan Rice had committed a crime and was scheduled to speak with the leaders of Germany and Japan.
The newspaper said that when Trump was asked if Rice had committed a crime, he replied: "Do I think?".
"I think it's going to be the biggest story", he said.
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In a statement Wednesday, a spokesperson for Rice, Erin Pelton said: "I'm not going to dignify the President's ludicrous charge with a comment".
Rice told MSNBC in an interview Tuesday that she sometimes made those requests while she served as Obama's national security advisor. Well. Comes now word that Susan Rice, she of Benghazi infamy, ordered the "unmasking" of several Trump associates who were swept up in intelligence reports. At times, an American, whose name was not provided, would be referred to in the information.
The former national security adviser noted that the determination whether the identity of the individual could be provided was made by the intelligence community. Former presidential candidate Evan McMullin, a former Central Intelligence Agency agent, and Bloomberg View's Lake went back and forth on this issue. "There was no spreadsheet", she said.
Following Bloomberg's report, Republicans have turned their attention to Rice and may even consider interviewing her, The Washington Post reported. "I don't know how people continue to believe her". "The effort to ask for the identify of the American citizen is necessary to understand the importance of an intelligence report in some instances".
"The Daily Caller, a conservative news outlet, reported Monday that Rice had requested "'detailed spreadsheets' of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president".
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When Mitchell tried to get her to speak about the pace of unmasking requests at the tail end of the Obama administration, Rice could not remember, saying, "I don't have a particular recollection of doing that more frequently after the election, for example, than doing so before".
President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference with Jordan's King Abdullah II in the Rose Garden at the White House on April 5, 2017. She conceded that that could have resulted in Trump officials' communications being picked up and read by USA intelligence.
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. Even Republicans who have been critical of White House efforts to muddy the Russian Federation investigations have said it is imperative to get to the bottom of her handling of Trump-related intelligence.
MITCHELL:.To unmask the names of people involved in the Trump transition, the Trump campaign, people surrounding the president-elect.
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