A handful of GOP lawmakers say that the House Intelligence Committee should investigate former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice's reported decision to unmask USA citizens caught up in intelligence gathering.
It was only two weeks ago that Susan Rice appeared to deny any involvement in or knowledge of unmasking of US citizen.
To address concerns over Americans' privacy, the law requires the government to use "minimization rules" that mask the identity of Americans-replacing the name with a generic description such as "U.S. Person 1".
And as President Barack Obama's national security adviser, there could very well have been legitimate reasons for her to ask to unmask individuals in these intelligence reports, which are part of her job. In an interview Tuesday with MSNBC, she said: "The allegation is that somehow the Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes".
Rice, now swept up in the investigation of Russia's influence in the election.
Americans, the intelligence community and the new administration deserve to know the truth about why Rice unmasked the identities of USA citizens in surveillance potentially collected to her political opposition. "But at the same time, people that are saying that, you know, she's the "Typhoid Mary" of national security, that's grossly irresponsible to say those kind of things, particularly people who aren't privy to any of the information". "She's a political appointee that reports directly to the president".
Second, let us be as clear as possible. He also suggested that other Obama administration officials were involved in the conspiracy.
Dilanian didn't mention that Rice herself denied that she had made the requests, back on March 22 on PBS.
In her defense, Ms. Rice was reported saying that for some reason there has been a false allegation about officials from the Obama administrations utilizing intelligence for the objective of politics.
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Eli Lake's story on Rice wasn't evaluated for truth or falsehood.
O'Connor observed that Rice maintains there was a legitimate reason for her to order the unmasking and wondered if that would be a proper role for a national security adviser. She said, however, that "I don't have a particular recollection of doing that more frequently after the election".
Click on the video at the top of this article to hear Senator Rand Paul on today's 700 Club discuss more on what he calls politically motivated unmasking to "damage the Trump administration".
"I leaked nothing to nobody".
But at the same time, Rice's own comments about this matter do lead to some legitimate questions.
Susan Rice at the center of another scandal?
"You'd just look at them in totally frustrated anger".
Conservatives - even some who have been skeptical of Trump's claim that the Obama administration surveilled him - saw it as highly suspicious. Sen. "I know nothing about this", Rice told Judy Woodruff.
The National Security Council's senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, was conducting the review, according to two US officials who spoke with Bloomberg View on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. However, Republicans, in both the House and Senate, called for Rice to remove herself from consideration for the top diplomatic spot over her involvement in misleading the American public about events that led to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, which claimed the lives of four Americans in 2012.