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Trump, Suggests Susan Rice Committed Crime, offering no evidence

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Melinda Barton | 19 April, 2017, 07:31

But Rice staunchly denies any allegations of wrongdoing.

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee says he has seen "no evidence" that former national security adviser Susan Rice may have improperly surveilled then-President-elect Donald Trump or his aides during the transition. "I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would", said Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Her attempts to mislead the public over the 2012 terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, make that clear.

The supposed "unmasking" of Trump's affiliates doesn't mean Rice revealed their identities either, according to the news network. USA officials may request-but not order-Americans' names unmasked for a few select reasons. That process is called "unmasking", and Rice had the authority to do so while serving as national security adviser. Some Trump allies have accused Rice of unmasking officials for political reasons.

In a statement to NBC News, a spokesperson for Rice said "I'm not going to dignify the president's ludicrous charge with a comment". 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. He called Bannon "the leading anti-China voice in the White House" and said he believes that made the Chinese "uneasy". However, the law provides for much leeway when it comes to unmasking by National Security Council officials, which suggests that Rice's request was legal.

Rice said as a result of that review, intelligence agencies were generating more reports that were shared with senior policymakers like herself.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia told NPR's Mary Louise Kelly on Thursday that he and his committee would pursue the evidence in their investigation wherever it leads, but that so far nothing substantiates the White House's Rice storyline. She would not say whether she saw intelligence related to Trump associates or whether she asked for their identities, though she did say that reports related to Russian Federation increased in the final months of the presidential election campaign.

"I leaked nothing to nobody", Rice told MSNBC.

President Trump addresses a joint news conference with Jordan's King Abdullah II in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 5.

Rice's interview came amid a growing controversy that the Obama administration abused USA intelligence to spy on the Trump campaign and leak intelligence to the press to hurt Trump. "She should not have time to be unmasking individuals having conversations".

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