Obama aide denies using intel to spy on Trump advisers

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Rice said the United States intelligence community was ultimately responsible for determining whether to fulfill her requests to receive more information about unnamed U.S. persons included in the reports, and she denied that information was shared widely, even with other government officials.

Earlier in the exchange, Tur tried to spin Rice's request that Donald Trump associates be unmasked as "perfectly routine". But the complex nature of legal surveillance procedures creates an opportunity for useful confusion and misinformation.

A source close to former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice confirmed to CBS News that Rice had asked for names of the Trump team to be unmasked to her after seeing them referenced in intelligence briefs. She says the requests were only be made for national security purposes. Furthermore, she denied that any of it was done for political purposes or as part of a coordinated effort to target the Trump transition team.

"I never have and never will", she said.

The bottom line is that someone, somewhere did reveal details about conversations Michael Flynn, Ms Rice's successor as national security adviser, had with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

"The notion. that by asking for the identity of an American person, that is the same as leaking it, is completely false".

"I don't have a particular recollection of doing that more frequently after the election, for example, than doing so before", she said.

Krauthammer said Rice appears to contradict herself on the unmasking matter, and will probably "wiggle around" her role in the process through questions about what the word "this" means.

In January, the Justice Department and intelligence officials agreed on new rules giving more US agencies access to raw information picked up overseas by the National Security Agency. Lindsey Graham of SC said Congress should look into the reports. Sen.

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Paul said he discussed the need to reform US intelligence activities while golfing with the President over the weekend. This is referred to as "incidental collection".

To comport with the Fourth Amendment's prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures, USA intelligence analysts follow a mandatory "minimization" procedure whereby the identities of Americans are typically concealed in disseminated reports. The surveillance reports containing the names of Trump and his aides were still highly classified and viewable by a limited number of cleared individuals. "To me or whoever might have requested it".

The national-security adviser is not an investigator. "Our committee routinely reviews whether our intelligence agencies are properly masking names and unmasking them as appropriate".

Devin Nunes, head of the House of Representatives intelligence committee, furthered Mr Trump's allegations last month after he said he viewed intelligence reports that included the names of Trump transition team officials.

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Rice added that it's not unusual to request the identities of people caught on intelligence surveillance.

"Absolutely false", Rice told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "No spreading. Nothing of the sort".

On Tuesday, Rice defended herself in the MSNBC interview, saying that her job as national security adviser involved seeking out information on US surveillance efforts.