Susan Rice Allegations Are 'Fake Scandal' Peddled by 'Right-Wing Media — CNN's Cuomo

Susan Rice Allegations Are 'Fake Scandal' Peddled by 'Right-Wing Media — CNN's Cuomo

"That's absolutely false", she told MSNBC television.

This is a fire storm.

"Congress needs to get to the bottom of this and the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be investigating whether any laws were broken", DeSantis said, according to the Washington Examiner. Former Obama Administration official Evelyn Farkas appeared to acknowledge Trump officials had been the subject of surveillance.

"I realize there has been lots of discussion and controversy around this", Rice said.

The U.S. routinely monitors the communications of foreigners. I received those reports, as did each of those other officials, and there were occasions when I would receive a report in which a USA person was referred to.

Early Tuesday, Trump retweeted a report alleging Rice had ordered the compilation of "spreadsheets" detailing phone conversations between Trump associates and foreign officials intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies.

Months after the attack, Rice's comments in the wake of the attack were used as grist by Senate Republicans who said they could not support her as Clinton's successor. Name not provided, just a USA person. That's the only reason.

Try as they might, it seems that Lemon and his establishment press cohorts will have a hard time turning these and likely additional future bitter developments relating to Team Obama's election campaign and Trump transition conduct into lemonade. "Is this business as usual for a national security adviser to ask for a name to be revealed, an American name, if she wants to know more or is this some sort of a controversy?"

RICE: I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would. He brought that information to the NSC's legal counsel - who told Cohen-Watnick to suspend his review. I'm not going to do that. "I'd like to know that". "Was this a directive from President Obama?'" Paul added, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation. At most, she could request that the identities be unmasked, and NSA could either approve or deny the request.

But she said that even if those names were "unmasked" by a member of the Obama administration, that information wouldn't be disseminated broadly.

And in yet another appearance, Sciutto also setup something of a strawman, arguing that the unmasking story is not important because "unmasking is not leaking".

That Susan Rice authorized this before and after the election leads to question of motive, and that motive could easily be to harm the Trump campaign and then later, undermine the Trump presidency. Rice responded, "It was not typical of the way that presidents treat their predecessors".

The new news reports come barely two weeks after Rice denied knowing anything about the intelligence reports. In fact, what we know is that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the former director of national intelligence and even House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes, R-California, have said definitively that Trump was not wiretapped.

That is the second bit of praise in the past few days for the conservative journalist, who was recently featured on a 60 Minutes segment, a link to which White House counselor Kellyanne Conway tweeted out. So not only did it not occur, it didn't occur, and it could not have occurred, directed by the White House. Ms. Rice asked for and learned the identity of the Trump official, whose name hasn't been publicly disclosed and our source declined to share.

RICE: Yes, that is possible.

RICE: That is exactly right, Andrea. I don't solicit reports, I only receive what the intelligence community thinks I or any other senior official needs to see.

"There were occasions when I would receive a report in which a USA person was referred to".

She maintained, however, that asking for more information about names included in intelligence reports was a routine and necessary aspect of her job in protecting American security. It is necessary for the Secretary of State, or the Secretary of Defense, or the Central Intelligence Agency director to do their jobs.

And on this program tonight, we will not insult your intelligence by pretending otherwise, nor will we will aid and abet the people who are trying to misinform you, the American people, by creating a diversion. Imagine if we saw something of grave significance that involved Russian Federation, or China, or anyone else, interfering in our political process and we needed to understand the significance of that. "For us not to try to understand it would be a dereliction of duty". And the fact is that this latest unmasking episode is a smokescreen to distract from the broader issue - which is that the President of the United States made a completely unfounded and very serious allegation against his immediate predecessor.

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