President Donald Trump said he thinks Susan Rice, the former national security adviser for President Obama, may have committed a crime when she had the names of Americans - which turned out to be Trump associates - unmasked in intelligence reports, according to a report.
Speaking to The New York Times Wednesday, Trump said, "I think it's going to be the biggest story". The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are now investigating allegations the Obama administration spied on Trump associates - and possibly Trump himself - for as long as the year preceding his inauguration.
According to Eli Lake of Bloomberg, Rice "requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign".
The newspaper pressed Mr. Trump on whether he thought Ms. Rice's role in "unmasking" the identities of Mr. Trump's associates who were swept up in the surveillance effort could amounted to a crime.
Leaking classified information could be a crime but no evidence has surfaced publicly indicating Rice did that and she flatly denied doing so in her interview with MSNBC.
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Even so, Warner said, the Trump White House has fallen into a pattern of responding to criticism or inconvenient news with sometimes extreme countercharges.
Rice is probably not in any legal trouble, and she denied any improper behavior or leaking any information while working in the White House. Through a rigorous process, the NSA grants federal officials' requests to identify redacted names of USA persons incidentally discussed when the agency surveils foreign nationals.
"I think it's a massive, massive story ..."
"Absolutely false", Rice declared Tuesday. "Yes, I think." The president did not specify what law he thinks Rice may have broken.
The Trump White House has been particularly incensed that intercepted conversations between Flynn and Russia's ambassador to the USA surfaced in news reports before the inauguration. Often, such names are blanked out, or "masked" in such reports.
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Opposition parties were quick to criticize Ader, a Fidesz politician who was re-elected by lawmakers to a five-year term in March.
In January, the Justice Department and intelligence officials agreed on new rules giving more US agencies access to raw information picked up overseas by the National Security Agency.
If the information involving Americans has no intelligence value, it is supposed to be destroyed.
The U.S. routinely monitors the communications of foreigners. Rice remained a target, however, for conservatives and critics of Obama's handling of the Syrian civil war - and she also made enemies within the government over what critics called her irresolution and micromanagement.
"When it comes to Susan Rice, you need to verify, not trust", said Sen.
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