Why the media want to bury the Susan Rice 'unmasking' news

Posted April 10, 2017

President Trump said Wednesday without offering evidence that Susan Rice, President Obama's national security advisor, may have committed a crime a year ago by seeking the identity of Trump associates referred to anonymously in classified intelligence reports.

Rice's interview came amid a growing controversy that the Obama administration abused US intelligence to spy on the Trump campaign and leak intelligence to the press to hurt Trump.

Shedd, who had the authority to ask for Americans' names to be unmasked when he held positions on the National Security Council, contends that it's unlikely intelligence officials would reject a request to unmask an identity from a person in authority such as Rice.

The White House charges that it was Rice who may have abused her power as President Obama's national security adviser and effectively snooped on Trump's presidential transition.

Rice reportedly asked to unmask the identities of people affiliated with the Trump campaign and transition "on dozens of occasions", according to the Bloomberg report.

But intelligence committees in the House and Senate could look into whether Rice misused and spread information about Trump officials or associates once she learned their identities.

"There was no such collection or surveillance on Trump Tower or Trump individuals", she said. But Rice maintained she is not the leaker, didn't send the information to the press and did not use the information for political purposes.

A CIA spokesperson told Fox News the NSA was the lead agency on the matter and referred questions to it.

"I think he's a person I know well - he is a good person", Trump told The Times.

But Rice staunchly denies any allegations of wrongdoing.

"Well I think the American people have a right to know what was going on". And Republicans can talk in open hearings, and to reporters, about the Rice-unmasking narrative - not Russian cyberattacks or potential collusion with Trump aides.

Trump himself has faced criticism and lawsuits for sexual harassment, many of them spurred by the disclosure last October of a 2005 tape that included Trump bragging about groping women without their consent. Nunes has provided limited details about the information he obtained, but said there are "dozens of reports" showing that "incidentally collected information about USA citizens involved in the Trump transition" was gathered during the course of "normal foreign surveillance".

There is no evidence that Rice improperly requested that names be unmasked.

"I have not seen any evidence or any indication of [anything] improper", Warner said. The president declined multiple requests to provide substantive evidence or the names of Obama administration officials he claims were involved. Following Nixon's resignation, the intelligence community was reformed via the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, with the hopes of imposing accountability measures for federal officials that spy on political opponents. Nunes has said he will not step down from his position as chair of the House Intelligence Committee.