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GOP member of House Intelligence Committee claims 'unmasked' reports were detailed

10 April 2017

And while former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice has been implicated as at least one of the officials who sought redacted names from surveillance transcripts, multiple lawmakers and investigators for the panel told Fox News the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency - all agencies in position to aid the probe - are not cooperating. Further, there is absolutely no evidence that Rice engaged in criminal activity by leaking names of the Trump officials she requested to unmask.

According to Eli Lake of Bloomberg, Rice "requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign".

Rice is responsible for unmasking the identities of multiple Trump presidential campaign and transition team officials caught up in intelligence data gathered by USA agencies, according to Eli Lake of Bloomberg, citing unnamed US officials.

Americans' names also can be included if doing so "is necessary to understand foreign intelligence information or assess its importance", according to guidelines made public by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the 16 US intelligence agencies.

Leaking classified information could be a crime, but no evidence has surfaced publicly that indicates Rice did that and she flatly denied doing so in her interview with MSNBC. In others, the target may mention the name of a US citizen or personal information about her.

Rice also denied that she leaked information to the press, saying "I leaked nothing to nobody".

"I think he's a person I know well - he is a good person", Trump told The Times.

Rice, of course, is no stranger to making public comments that later prove to be a liability.

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"I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled", said Mr. Trump. It's the policy. When anyone's name appears unless there's an intelligence value to it, the name has to be blacked out and masked.

The list reportedly revealed the names of individuals tightly-affiliated with Trump, including the names of people related to Trump.

"But I would say the American people have a right to know if there was surveillance of any private citizen in this country", he added in the Fox News interview.

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are now investigating allegations the Obama administration spied on Trump associates - and possibly Trump himself - for as long as the year preceding his inauguration. If Rice asked for names to be unmasked, those would have been lower level officials or those without specific titles.

President Donald Trump one month and one day ago accused former President Barack Obama of committing a felony, wiretapping him in Trump Tower.

Graham is the chairman of a Senate subcommittee that oversees the counterintelligence division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the potential ties between Trump's camp and Russian Federation.

John Culhane, a professor at Widener University Delaware Law School, said he thought Rice could have a credible libel lawsuit against Trump. Nunes has said he will not step down from his position as chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

GOP member of House Intelligence Committee claims 'unmasked' reports were detailed