Monday, 16 October, 2017

Trump suggests Susan Rice might have committed crime

Theresa Hayes | 18 April, 2017, 00:09

President Donald Trump one month and one day ago accused former President Barack Obama of committing a felony, wiretapping him in Trump Tower.

"I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled", said Mr. Trump.

Trump says in the interview he thinks the Susan Rice allegations will be "one of the big stories of our time".

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Contrary to the Times' opinion, in a news story no less, that Trump was seeking to change the subject, it is clear that there is a real story here. Democrat and Republican lawmakers continue to say no evidence supports this claim.

Rice has denied any impropriety.

Rice dismissed the reports as "absolutely false" in an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday.

Rice declined to comment through a spokeswoman: "I'm not going to dignify the President's ludicrous charge with a comment".

According to a USA official, Rice asked spy agencies to give her the names of Trump associates who surfaced in intelligence reports she was regularly briefed on.

The supposed "unmasking" of Trump's affiliates doesn't mean Rice revealed their identities either, according to the news network.

Flynn's identity in transcripts of surveilled calls would likely not have been masked because as the national security adviser-designate, he would have been considered a high-level official who would not given the presumption of privacy. McConnell said it was his hope the Senate Intelligence Committee could make findings and offer a report created on a bipartisan basis. Eli Lake of Bloomberg reported the foreign officials being monitored were discussing "valuable political information" that required the identity of the people they were speaking to, or about, to be uncovered. To many observers, Nunes' effort backfired because it simply provided more evidence of contact between the Trump team and Russian officials who tried to influence the USA election.

Asked whether he believed Rice broke the law, Trump said, "Do I think?".

But as national security adviser, Rice was authorized to ask an intelligence agency - such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the CIA and the NSA - to unmask a US person. Standing behind the president and king are Queen Rania of Jordan, left, and First Lady Melania Trump.

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

Rice claimed during an interview with MSNBC earlier this week unmasking was done in order to protect individual American citizens, not to use their information for political purposes.

Rice on Tuesday denied inappropriately asking for the names of Trump associates to be identified in raw intelligence reports, which allies of President Trump have charged was politically motivated. "I leaked nothing to nobody, and never have and never would", Rice said. The committee's chairman, Sen.