Trump says in the interview he thinks the Susan Rice allegations will be "one of the big stories of our time". "It's such an important story for our country and the world".
Contrary to the Times' opinion, in a news story no less, that Trump was seeking to change the subject, it is clear that there is a real story here.
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.
Trump appeared equally undaunted on Wednesday.
The White House has tried to use the allegations of politically-motivated spying to shift focus away from the FBI and congressional investigations into possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation.
"This is why. our effort has to be bipartisan - nonpartisan in a more ideal sense", Warner said.
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia told NPR's Mary Louise Kelly on Thursday that he and his committee would pursue the evidence in their investigation wherever it leads, but that so far nothing substantiates the White House's Rice storyline.
Zarif calls USA bombing of Syria unacceptable
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blasted US claims that it has "irrefutable evidence" of election interference. He said the U.S. attack on the Syrian air base "was carried out in violation of worldwide norms".
However, he does say it is up to Congress to find out what happened.
MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews said Susan Rice did nothing wrong and suggested critics of former President Barack Obama's national security adviser are sexist.
Axelrod said he believes Trump's meeting on Thursday with China's President could also be the reason that chief strategist Steve Bannon was removed from the National Security Council.
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. Flynn was sacked after it became clear that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and others about the content of those discussions.
Rice had said that she was unaware of the names of Trump officials being swept up incidentally by intelligence agencies.
"There were occasions when I would receive a report in which a us person was referred to, name not provided, just a USA person, and sometimes in that context in order to understand the importance of that report, and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out or request the information as to who that USA official was", she told Andrea Mitchell, explaining the role of a national security adviser. That information would be classified, she insisted. The counsel's office ordered him to stand down because the lawyers did not want the White House to be running an independent investigation into the prior administration.
"The allegation is that somehow the Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes", Rice told Mitchell.