dglobalnews.com Trump tells newspaper Obama aide might have broken the law
Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Trump tells newspaper Obama aide might have broken the law

He continued,"It's such an important story for our country and the world. It is one of the big stories of our time". His claim of being wiretapped has been totally debunked by, among others, FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and even House intelligence committee Chair Devin Nunes.

"The allegation is that somehow the Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes", Rice told MSNBC on Tuesday. "That's absolutely false", Rice said, while also denying having leaked any information.

He pointed to Rice's questionable past with truth-telling, recalling her public comments on Benghazi as she made the media circuit after the attack, repeating the claim that the spontaneous assault was sparked by an anti-Islamic video. Often, such names as blanked out, or "masked" in such reports. The law requires that identities of USA persons picked up or mentioned during the course of foreign surveillance be masked; that is, that they be shielded from people reading the reports. "Sometimes, in that context, in order to understand the importance of the report, and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out or request that information as to who that USA official was". However, senior national security officials can request the identities of the Americans if that helps understand the intelligence better.

"If the President has something to say or evidence to present, present it to the American people, but don't throw out charges like this and slime people as you sit in the Oval Office and then not back it up", he added.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) said the House panel and the Justice Department should determine whether Rice committed a crime, as President Trump asserted in an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday.

Conservatives have charged that Rice sought the "unmasking" of Trump associates listed in intelligence reports about intercepted communications with foreigners for political reasons.

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"She has no credibility", Paronto said. The president also did not name any other officials from the Obama administration.

Rice, now swept up in the investigation of Russia's influence in the election. Nor would it be unusual for her to request those identities be unmasked.

Rice reportedly tried to learn the identities of officials on Trump's transition team whose conversations with foreign officials may have been incidentally collected during routine intelligence-gathering operations.

According to a us official, Trump national security aides discovered after the inauguration that Rice asked that the identities of the Republican's advisers be "unmasked".

Rice has denied that she did anything improper or illegal. President Trump has been keen on tracking down any leakers.

The press conference came after Nunes reviewed classified documents that he says he got from a secret source. The national security advisor is not a law enforcement position and therefore does not have the authority to engage in domestic investigatory efforts, especially those that violate the constitutional rights of American citizens who were not legally valid targets of intelligence collection operations.

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