Susan Rice DENIES Ordering Intel Community To Produce 'Spreadsheets' Involving Trump

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"If it's good enough for much of the media to report on this supposed issue of collusion between the Trump administration and Russian Federation, and everyone from (House Minority Leader Nancy) Pelosi to members of the Intel community - (former top Obama national security official James) Clapper, (Obama's former Acting CIA Chief Mike) Morell and others at the Agency have all said there's nothing there".

Rice, who was valedictorian of her class and a star point guard on the basketball team at the National Cathedral School, exhibited "superior leadership skills" and "left behind a remarkable legacy", wrote former teacher John Wood who noted Rice's accomplishments in a Washington Post letter to the editor. "Lets say there was a conversation between two foreigners, about a conversation they were having with an American, who was proposing to sell to them high-tech bomb making equipment". Flynn was sacked after it became clear that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and others about the content of those discussions.

Rice said she never leaked the identities of people whose names were revealed.

"That is absolutely false", Rice said told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

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This reporter has been informed that Maggie Haberman has had this story about Susan Rice for at least 48 hours, and has chosen to sit on it in an effort to protect the reputation of former President Barack Obama. But as national security adviser, Rice was authorized to ask an intelligence agency - such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the CIA and the NSA - to unmask a US person. Privacy advocates have raised concerns that the new rules - which are yet to be fully implemented - would lead to the information being shared too broadly.

The extend of the unmasking became apparent when NSC Intelligence Director Ezra Cohen-Watnick was conducting a review of unmasking and dissemination policy. Cohen-Watnick has clashed with the Central Intelligence Agency and was on the verge of being moved out of his job until Trump political advisers Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner stepped in to keep him in the role.

Information from the review, according to White House officials, was turned over to Republican Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. The counsel's office ordered him to stand down because the lawyers did not want the White House to be running an independent investigation into the prior administration. "That's absolutely false", Rice said. Nunes said the classified documents show Trump associates may have been incidentally surveilled, but the Democratic ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said he does not agree with that assessment. She conceded that that could have resulted in Trump officials' communications being picked up and read by U.S. intelligence. "Unmasking" private US citizens to make their names appear on intelligence reports is not illegal when tied to a legitimate investigation, but civil libertarians warn the process could be used to skirt regulations that prevent the federal government from spying on Americans.

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