Rice's name requests may be criminal, Trump says

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The president provided no evidence to back his claim. Trump told reporters the attack "crossed a lot of lines" for him but did not give any clues about a possible US response. The US's intelligence agencies (eg the CIA) "produce" the intelligence and they decide if any Americans incidentally "captured" during the surveillance of foreigners should be "unmasked".

"Do you think she might have committed a crime?" the Times reporter asked.

"Let me be clear: I think that this stuff is illegal". "It's such an important story for our country and the world".

"There is an established process for senior national security officials to ask for the identity of USA persons in these reports", she added.

If Rice or someone else in the Obama administration did request the unmasking of Trump associates, would it be a crime?

When Rice was asked if she was the one who leaked former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn's name, she responded, "I leaked nothing to nobody, and never have and never would".

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Rice also denied that she leaked information to the press, saying "I leaked nothing to nobody". "And never have and never would". So, just as clearly, Rice is hiding something.

"So who's right - Trump and his allies, or Rice?"

FILE - In this July 7, 2016 file photo, then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice is seen on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

In addition, the amount of the number of people that were "unmasked" from the Trump transition team and "how often they were unmasked by Susan Rice", will also emerge, he told Malzberg.

"Nothing in this story indicates anything improper".

There is no other reasonable or plausible explanation for why Rice specifically targeted members of the Trump campaign.

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The unmasking review was led by Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the NSC's senior director of intelligence. "Rice didn't like to play by the rules, including the top-secret ones", he writes. "They often overlap with a criminal offense, but they are not the same thing as a criminal offense".

Nunes first viewed the documents on White House grounds a day before briefing the president, creating an air of suspicion that he was doing the White House's bidding. And making the story about Rice not only allows the White House to change the subject from what involvement Trump's campaign aides may have had in the Russian intelligence services' attempts to influence last year's election.

None of this, as far as anyone can legitimately tell so far, actually has anything with KremlinGate itself.

That might be exactly what President Trump wants - a distraction from the investigations.

"The FBI will continue to work with the congressional oversight committees on their requests", the spokesperson said.

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