Republican Senator: 'Susan Rice Is The Typhoid Mary of the Obama Administration'
The White House has called on the media to show more zeal in investigating allegations that Obama Administration officials abused their access to intelligence to seek out and disclose potentially damaging information about Donald Trump's campaign and transition. Former Obama Administration official Evelyn Farkas appeared to acknowledge Trump officials had been the subject of surveillance.
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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Tuesday, doubled down on his claim that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice's repeated attempts to unmask Trump officials is a "smoking gun".
According to a USA official, President Donald Trump's national security aides discovered after the inauguration that Rice had asked for the identities of Trump associates who were referenced in intelligence reports. Cernovich is a prominent alt-right influencer and former men's rights activist, and on April 2, he reported the same news-that Susan Rice was allegedly behind requesting the names of Trump officials.
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In mid-March, House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes abruptly announced he had seen "troubling" information about spy agencies widely spreading the identities of Trump associates. She gave, as a hypothetical answer, "if two foreigners were having a conversation" about a possible bombing with an American. As national security adviser, she said it would be important to know whether it was a "kook" who doesn't actually have the equipment versus a serious person or company or entity with the ability to provide that technology.
The Obama administration hasn't denied that Rice requested the unmasking of identities in an intelligence report that came from eavesdropping on foreign parties. So the notion which some people are trying to suggest that by asking for the identity of an American person, that is the same as leaking it, is completely false. "There is no connection between unmasking and leaking".
Here's the problem for Trump: Even if you believe that Rice did something that was wrong - and virtually every intelligence official insists unmasking is a commonplace procedure - it still doesn't address his claim that he had evidence that Obama has authorized the wiretapping of Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign. "That's absolutely false", she told MSNBC television. Specifically, this provision outlines several possible justifications upon which the government can rely to claim the unmasking was necessary, such as if the information indicates the US person is an agent of a foreign power, is engaged in the unauthorized disclosure of classified information, may be involved in a crime, or may be the target of hostile intelligence activities of a foreign power.
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US National Security Adviser Susan Rice speaks during the closing session of the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism at the State Department on February 19, 2015 in Washington, DC.
"Not only did it not occur, it didn't occur and it could not occur as directed by the White House", Rice said.
'Masking and unmasking in this context are the set of rules governing how agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation or NSA will treat the information of a US citizen if they come across said citizen in the course of surveilling a foreign adversary, and only a foreign adversary.
The Obama administration's last-second changes also make it very likely somebody would leak, "so Team Obama's "spread the info" initiative certainly broke the spirit of the laws", the Post said.
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