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CNN's Cuomo: Susan Rice Allegations Are 'Fake Scandal' Peddled by 'Right-Wing Media'

CNN's Cuomo: Susan Rice Allegations Are 'Fake Scandal' Peddled by 'Right-Wing Media'

Typically, when US citizens get caught up in incidental surveillance of foreign actors, their names are redacted.

Since Lemon's program, we have learned that Rice allegedly "maintained spreadsheets of their (the Trump campaign's) telephone calls".

Hewitt asked Cotton about a recent editorial from The Wall Street Journal which questioned why Rice requested the unmaskings, and claimed an anonymous source revealed that "Ms. Rice also examined dozens of other intelligence summaries that technically masked Trump official identities but were written in such a way as to make obvious who those officials were".

At one point Rice had a clear trajectory to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state in 2013, but withdrew her name from consideration following a public outcry over her role in the handling of the Benghazi attacks.

The new news reports come barely two weeks after Rice denied knowing anything about the intelligence reports. "There's no equivalence between so-called unmasking and leaking".

Paul argued that it's a form of surveillance, even though there's no evidence that Trump was the subject of any surveillance conducted by the Obama administration.

"President Trump [and] right-wing media types [are] peddling a fake scandal", Cuomo reported, when opening an interview with Rep. Jim Hines (D., Conn.).

Albright had previously served with Rice's mother, Lois Rice, on a school board in Washington and watched Rice grow up with her own daughters.

"Those leaks have produced a nagging political sore for the new administration - leading to the ouster of national security adviser Michael Flynn, helping to drive down President Trump's approval ratings and making it harder for him to push his program through".

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President Trump, however, ordered more airstrikes against al-Qaeda in Yemen in February than any year in Obama's presidency. While it was legal for her to do this, it was highly unethical and would be a huge scandal if a Republican senior official sought the names of Democratic political opponents from US intelligence reports. Rice's requests were documented in executive branch records, as are all requests made for unmasking.

Also factor in House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes's disclosure in a March 22 press conference that the names of Trump campaign or transition officials were demasked from NSA reports that had nothing to do with Russian Federation or alleged wrongdoing by the Trump campaign.

MITCHELL: At the same time, the president, his associates, their names could have been bandied about by foreign officials, they could have been picked up in incidental collection?

At a March 20 House intelligence committee hearing, FBI Director James Comey addressed this issue when asked if Rice would have access to an unmasked American's name. "Sometimes, in that context, in order to understand the importance of the report, and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out or request that information as to who that US official was".

This is typically done because the official needs the name to understand the full context of the report. "That's necessary for me to do my job".

"I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would", Rice said.

"There were occasions when I would receive a report in which a USA person was referred to". That's a very serious allegation, it had no basis in fact, and it wasn't typical of the way that presidents treat their predecessors and it's not indicative of the tone and collaboration that we sought to achieve.

McCAIN: "I think the circumstances indicate that there's a possibility that that request could have been politically motivated".

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