Susan Rice Dodges Question on Whether She Would Willingly Testify Before Congress

Intelligence reports with unmasked names of US persons are required to remain highly classified.

Fox said the unmasked names of Trump aides were given to officials at the National Security Council (NSC), the Department of Defense, James Clapper, President Obama's Director of National Intelligence, and John Brennan, Obama's CIA Director. In rare cases, when the name of the US person is critical for understanding the foreign intelligence, it can be "unmasked" in classified intelligence reports. He told the White House General Counsel's office about his findings, according to sources who asked not to be named.

"If names of Trump associates were included for political reasons that are not pertinent to understanding foreign intelligence information, then we've got two scandals on our hands".

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

"Well just a short time ago, I spoke with someone close to Ambassador Rice, and this is the first comment from someone close to Rice today on these allegations". After a bombshell report released Monday alleged Rice is the Obama official responsible for the unmasking of a number of Trump transition team members, her story has changed.

Investigations are underway by the FBI and both the House and Senate intelligence committees.

Ms. Rice not spoken directly on the issue of unmasking.

Appearing on "PBS NewsHour" in March, Rice was asked about Trump and his team being caught up in incidental intelligence collection, and she denied having any knowledge of it happening.

"I think they were illegally basically using an espionage tool to eavesdrop or wiretap - if you want to use the word generally - on the Trump campaign", Sen. There is no evidence that backs up the president's original claim.

Rice reportedly tried to learn the identities of officials on President Donald Trump's transition team whose conversations with foreign officials may have been incidentally collected during routine intelligence-gathering operations.

If, on the other hand, Ms Rice widely disseminated information about U.S. citizens or leaked it to the press, as some Republican critics allege and she adamantly denies, then the picture grows much darker.

The news about Rice also sheds light on the unusual behavior of Nunes in the last two weeks.

Schiff explained that when the U.S. is "doing lawful surveillance for the objective of gathering foreign intelligence" and a surveillance target mentions a United States citizen or business, that can constitute "incidental collection". Spicer said the White House is not aware of any meetings.

The question to ponder on is why was former national security advisor Susan Rice involved in unmasking?

The report, broken by Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake on Monday morning, led to sensational headlines and wild accusations on Twitter.

Lemon has grown tired of Trump seizing upon stories about legal surveillance in order to "prove" his wiretapping accusations that have already been debunked.

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