Published: Mon, April 10, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Sen. Mark Warner: No Evidence To Support Trump's Political Snooping Claims

Sen. Mark Warner: No Evidence To Support Trump's Political Snooping Claims

Names should be blacked out and masked, says the NY lawmaker who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, but in this case it appears that some of those names Rice asked to be revealed were names of Trump Transition personnel, he says.

But Trump has now parroted the claim that Rice may have acted illegally, commenting on the issue in an April 5 interview with The New York Times.

Rice has said asking intelligence officials for the identities of Americans listed in reports in order to better understand them is a "longstanding, established process" and told MSNBC Tuesday that allegations she or other Obama administration officials used intelligence for political purposes "absolutely false".

"Allegations that the National Security Agency is "withholding information" from congressional intelligence committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election are categorically untrue", the statement said.

According to a USA official, Mr. Trump national security aides discovered that Rice requested the identities of Trump campaign advisers.

"I think it's going to be the biggest story", Trump said in an Oval Office interview published under the bylines of Times reporters Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush. Cooper said. "No, he was talking about Susan Rice".

Rice denied that she had leaked details about Flynn's call, saying, "I leaked nothing to nobody".

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

Nunes also said he confirmed that "additional names of Trump transition team members were unmasked".

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The list reportedly revealed the names of individuals tightly-affiliated with Trump, including the names of people related to Trump.

Moreover, she and her partisans insist, seeking and achieving this "unmasking" (from either the director of the National Security Agency or the FBI) was entirely within her legal right as national-security adviser.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said Tuesday that he could be interested in interviewing Rice as well.

The House Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat, Adam Schiff of California, praised Nunes' recusal.

Trump also criticized various media outlets, including The New York Times, for improperly covering the Rice controversy. If Rice asked for names to be unmasked, those would have been lower level officials or those without specific titles.

Not necessarily. Intelligence agency lawyers would need to sign off on such a request.

As Wikileaks continues to release treasure troves of sensitive data about what government officials are really doing behind the scenes, the leaking of Rice's unethical and possibly criminal behavior makes it very clear that the surveillance state is in full effect and that nobody should have any reasonable expectation of privacy in the digital age.

She didn't "leak", she only "unmasked".

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