Watch | Sara Carter breaks down Susan Rice's response to unmasked intelligence in the Obama White House
Susan Rice, former national security adviser in the Obama administration, told MSBNC Tuesday she had accessed unmasked intelligence reports involving Donald Trump and his associates, but called claims she had done so for political purposes "absolutely false."
Rice accessed multiple intelligence reports during the end of Obama's presidency. Some of the reports were "unmasked," revealing the identities of then-candidate Trump and his associates. She also said her access of the data did not constitute wiretapping, despite Trump's claim he was wiretapped.
EXCLUSIVE: Susan Rice says the claim that intelligence was used for political purposes is “absolutely false” Watch: https://t.co/JdbgCtSgEN— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 4, 2017
Here's part of the MSBNC interview.
Rice acknowledged she had read the intelligence reports days after Circa reported that Obama's rule change allowed NSA intercepts to reach many more political appointees than previously possible. She read them between July 2016 and November 2016.
At this stage, there is no evidence Rice's actions were illegal. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act allows the NSA to legally intercept foreigners' conversations without court permission, and advisers can request "unmasked" versions of the report.
According to intelligence sources, most, if not all, of the intercepts, had nothing to do with the Russian election interference scandal.
Rice had said in a previous interview with PBS she had no idea what House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) was talking about when he said Obama officials were monitoring Trump associates after the election.
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