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Trump said Susan Rice may have committed a crime in 'one of the big stories of our time'


Trump said Susan Rice may have committed a crime in 'one of the big stories of our time'

WATCH |  Circa Correspondent Sara Carter continues reports on unmasking of American citizens and mounting pressure for former National Security Advisor Susan Rice to testify before Congress. 

President Trump said former national security adviser Susan Rice may have committed a crime by seeking unmasking of surveillance sweeps that included his associates.

"I think it's going to be the biggest story," Trump told The New York Times. "It's such an important story for our country and the world. It is one of the big stories of our time."

Trump did not offer evidence to support his allegations. Circa has reported that rule changes in the Obama administration made it easier to access unmasked names in NSA intercepts.

Trump said he would explain his accusations against Rice "at the right time."

Rice has denied any wrongdoing. She said Tuesday she had read unmasked intelligence reports, but had not done so for political reasons. She also said her access of the data did not constitute wiretapping, despite Trump's claim that Obama wiretapped him in Trump Tower.

He praised Fox News for its coverage of the Rice controversy while criticizing the Times' failure to cover it to his standards.

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.

Susan Rice said she accessed unmasked intelligence reports, but not for political purposes

WATCH | We broke down Rice's response. 

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