Susan Rice may have committed a crime, Trump says without providing evidence

Susan Rice may have committed a crime, Trump says without providing evidence

Susan Rice may have committed a crime, Trump says without providing evidence

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

A spokesperson for Rice later called the claim "ludicrous".

Over the past few days, it was revealed that former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice took deliberate steps to unmask members of the Trump campaign swept up in incidental intelligence collection operations during the course of their conversations with targets of US collection. Individuals who are not targets of legal U.S. intelligence surveillance are normally referred to in classified reports as "U.S. Person One", "U.S. Person Two", etc.

Rice's inquiry reportedly preceded a list of names getting passed up the ladder of the U.S. intelligence community. President Trump has been keen on tracking down any leakers.

Those reports, which Nunes revealed in a news conference and were the foundation for a briefing he provided to the president, were uncovered by National Security Council officials working in the White House who, The Washington Post reported, secretly passed them on to Nunes.

Trump was speaking to the press in the Oval Office when he declared that he thinks former President Obama's national security adviser may have committed a crime, the New York Times reports.

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Graham and his colleagues pilloried Rice following the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, after she appeared on TV in Washington and said the deadly raid had been caused by protests over an incendiary anti-Muslim video.

Trump also suggested other officials in former President Barack Obama's administration may also have been involved, but provided no evidence to back his claims.

Rice alluded to that Russian Federation probe in her interview, saying it was of "grave concern". And, in the end, if Trump and his team did nothing wrong, they should want the American people to be laser-focused not on what Susan Rice did or didn't do but on the investigations' means, methods and results.

So when Rice insists allegations the Obama White House spied on now-President Donald Trump and his associates a year ago are "absolutely false", there is no reason to believe her. Former CIA Acting Director John McLaughlin also defended Rice, saying, "she was doing her job. The effort to ask for the identity of an American citizen is necessary to understand the importance of an intelligence report in some instances".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer cast Rice's handling of intelligence in the waning days of Obama's term as suspicious, although he did not detail what he found to be inappropriate. "I don't know how people continue to believe her".

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