Thursday, 17 August, 2017

Trump Tells NYT Obama Aide Might Have Broken Law

Susan Rice denies all wrongdoing in ‘unmasking’ of Trump team Trump Tells NYT Obama Aide Might Have Broken Law
Erik Tate | 08 April, 2017, 00:20

"I think it's going to be the biggest story", he said. And there is no evidence she acted to benefit the Obama Administration, or Trump's opponent at the time, Hillary Clinton. Page, referred to in the filing as "Male-1", is not accused of wrongdoing and said in a statement that he shared "basic immaterial information and publicly available research documents". Rice has firmly denied that she or other Obama officials used secret intelligence reports to spy on Trump associates for political purposes. Former CIA Acting Director John McLaughlin also defended Rice, saying, "she was doing her job".

Rice explained the nature of her requests to "unmask" Americans mentioned in the surveillance reports in an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Tuesday.

No, it's not. Federal law does indeed allow the national security adviser, which Rice was at the time, to request the identities of US persons in intelligence reports for "context".

"If true, these are extremely serious allegations, that basically Susan Rice, according to these allegations was unmasking or making known the names of Americans whose names appeared surveillance of foreign officials". So is unmasking the identities of American citizens incidentally caught in surveillance, such as the identity of retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn. I think the Susan Rice thing is a massive story.

There is nothing unusual, much less suspicious, about any request by Rice, said another intelligence official, especially since it could have revealed Russian intelligence contacts or agents operating in the United States. Rice, as well as other officials, could request an intelligence review to determine whether there were legitimate national security reasons to identify them.

A source close to the matter told ABC News that Trump had no knowledge of the unmasking when he wrote those tweets.

Susan Rice, national security adviser for President Barack Obama, participates in a briefing at the White House on July 22, 2015. Former National Security Director Michael Hayden said it was "absolutely lawful".

The recipient of the report might decide that in order to fully understand the intelligence, they need to know the "U.S. Person's" identity.

McConnell reaches out to Romney about possible Senate bid
Despite Senator Hatch still deciding if he'll run for an eighth term rumors about Romney are flying. "I think it's just that". Now that is not to say that Romney - a relatively youthful-looking and quite vigorous man - would stand out in the Senate.

In mid-March, House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes abruptly announced he had seen "troubling" information about spy agencies widely spreading the identities of Trump associates.

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

Axelrod also said that Trump should have prepped up for the very important meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, rather than "calling reporters in to level gratuitous, outrageous charges".

On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the House intelligence committee investigation - one of three looking into Russia's role in the 2016 election- was back on track, and Republicans and Democrats have agreed on the witnesses to be called.

President Trump granted an interview to the New York Times, offering yet another unverified claim. CNN anchor Chris Cuomo responded to the story with the following: "All right, President Trump, right-wing media types [are] peddling a fake scandal".

Nunes said during a March 22 press conference that he was "troubled" because the reports he'd seen were not connected to Russian Federation or any foreign intelligence. As Andrew McCarthy points out, "the thing to bear in mind is that the White House does not do investigations". The irony is that Trump was wrong about the media but many in the media seem to be working hard to prove him right.

Nunes, who stepped aside in the committee's investigation Thursday amid a barrage of bogus claims from the media and fellow House members, put his reputation on the line to try to get to the truth. Then Nunes' Democratic counterpart on the same committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who had complained loud and long that he had not seen the documents, viewed the same documents and afterward remained essentially mute.

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