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GOP member of House Intelligence Committee claims 'unmasked' reports were detailed

GOP member of House Intelligence Committee claims 'unmasked' reports were detailed

He declined to say if he had personally reviewed new intelligence to bolster his claim but pledged to explain himself "at the right time". She said "The allegation is that somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes".

This past weekend, Bloomberg View reported that Rice's covert spying activities were discovered by the National Security Council's senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick while he was conducting a review on the "unmasking" of USA individuals who are monitored incidentally.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the House intelligence committee wants Rice, national security adviser to Obama in his second term, to testify as part of its probe into Russia's meddling in the USA election and whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Rice reportedly tried to learn the identities of officials on Trump's transition team whose conversations with foreign officials may have been incidentally collected during routine intelligence-gathering operations.

Nevertheless, Rice, who has a history of being a controversial figure within the Obama administration, was involved in examining intelligence related to individuals affiliated with Trump's campaign and transition team, and her actions are being heavily scrutinized. When the Times asked him if Rice broke the law, he said, "Do I think?"

"I leaked nothing to nobody, and never have and never would", Rice told MSNBC. "I think she ought to testify under oath on this", Paul said, according to a Hill report.

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But Rice staunchly denies any allegations of wrongdoing. Later on Wednesday, Erin Pelton, a spokesman for Rice, said in an email to Reuters: "I'm not going to dignify the President's ludicrous charge with a comment". Often, such names are blanked out, or "masked" in such reports. The rules specify that in most cases a "generic term", such as "U.S. Person 1" is used, instead of the actual name.

Nunes was heavily criticized for making the announcement to the press and briefing the White House before he shared the information with the rest of the intelligence committee. Ms. Rice would have had no obvious need to unmask Trump campaign officials other than political curiosity.

John Culhane, a professor at Widener University Delaware Law School, said he thought Rice could have a credible libel lawsuit against Trump.

President Trump on Wednesday claimed that he believes Rice may have committed a crime by requesting the identities of Trump associates who were mentioned in USA surveillance, though he did not provide proof.

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

"But I would say the American people have a right to know if there was surveillance of any private citizen in this country", he added in the Fox News interview. This official and two other intelligence officials said the NSA often receives dozens of such requests in a month.

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